DAY 5: RESTORATION: GOD’S KEY TO JOY IN YOUR LIFE

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steve“When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! 11 Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring. 12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. 14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers. 16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. 17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life. (Job 42:10-17, NLT)
This is day 5 and the final part to this restoration series. I pray that it has blessed you, encouraged you, and given you some tools to work with.

Many of you, if not all of you, are familiar with the story of Job. He was a blessed man who lost everything. It’s possible that probably most of us have never and will never go through what Job went through. I’ve been guilty of comparing people’s situations to those of Job and making their situation seem light and that was wrong. Most of us will never experience what Job experienced but that doesn’t mean that what you and I go through doesn’t impact our lives and affect us in ways that Job was affected.

In this last part I really want you to be encouraged and excited that what’s coming back to you is much greater than what you lost. The Lord restored Job’s fortunes, in fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!

The last two verses in Job read: “Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.” Following his terrible ordeal, Job lived 140 years. If he was about 70 when the calamities struck, he lived to be about 210. According to Jewish tradition, his latter years (140) were exactly twice the number of his former ones (70). Some of you reading this have been going through situations that you just can’t see how anything could turn around and come out good but I want to encourage you, if God did it for Job, He will do it for you! God’s about to turn your situation around and he desires to restore your fortunes twice as much as before.

God is in the restoration process and you will see the things that have been lost in your life, RESTORED!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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