Saturday, November 7, 2015
I wonder how Job felt after God restored his life. His "new" life was great and all, but his kids were gone. I suppose he trusted God completely. Perhaps he expected to see his kids again in death. New kids don't replace the old ones. (Whoa, my brain is exploding right now because comparing the old New Kids to the "new" NKOTB is the perfect analogy of how new is not the same or better.) OK, focus. The definition of restoration is: the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. What was the condition of Job's heart though? I'm telling you right now that he was NOT the man he was before his world fell apart. I imagine that Job's life ended with "and they lived happily ever after." The Bible says, "The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part...After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years." Sounds good, right? The biblical version of happily ever after. There wasn't a better man than Job in his "first life", he had to have been an even better man in his "restored" life. That's the way it's supposed to be. That which does not kill us, gives us hope. It's in the Bible, look it up. I wonder about Job. Did he miss his kids or was he joyful for what he had? Sure, could've been both. What about that ache of missing someone you love? Was that in his heart?