Restoration

“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning…” Job 42:10, 12

The Man from the Land of Uz…

Job’s life never ceases to inspire hope through generations. His experiences are worth a daily reminder. He was

  • Rich
  • Fruitful
  • Favored

Call him the perfect picture of a blessed man and you won’t be wrong… until everything changed.

That’s familiar, right? Someone or something comes to the scene of your life and everything takes a different turn (whether good or bad).

When Life No Longer Makes Sense

For Job, it was a ‘simple’ question from God that would change his life, forever. He experienced a thing or two about

  • Pain
  • Rejection
  • Suffering
  • Shame

For him, life didn’t make sense anymore, at least for a season… until his restoration (Job 14:14).

Purpose in Pain

In what season of life are you in today? Where does your current situation fit in God’s overarching purpose? Throughout your life journey, that purpose will come with some pain, discomfort and hard choices. If it doesn’t, you’re probably way off God’s will.

We learn from Job that pain is only for a season and suffering for a reason. Tweet

Earthly pain won’t last forever. But more importantly, there’s purpose in God-intended pain.

Sometimes, God allows us to experience pain to shape our character. Tweet some more

Restoration

Not all pain is evil or results from sin. Job would later realize this and he was vindicated. God restored him and his estate. Restoration, following a season of pain, comes to those

who refuse to give up, who forgive, who take a firm stand on seeing through God’s purpose for their lives, who take a step of faith even when persistence doesn’t make sense.

God restores. I pray He gives you yet another reason to believe, to hope, to persist, to linger… and to be grateful for your current season of life. Your change will come.

What key lesson(s) resonates with you when you read the story of Job? Have you ever experienced purpose in pain? You can share your story here.

About Joseph Iregbu

I'm a writer, purpose guy, speaker and business consultant. My passion is to help people live with purpose and not waste their lives. I live in the UK with my wife, Temi and our gorgeous Isabel Juda. Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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