Have you ever watch those shows where they restore old things and make them new again? Maybe it was an old house or an old car but you watch the transition happen from something that should have been destroyed to something that was made new again.
God is in the restoration business and He takes what is damaged and broken and makes it new again. Job was a broken man physically, emotionally and almost spiritually but God restores him and all of his possessions. It was a total transformation from what we saw at the start of the book of Job and how God really is making all things new. (Revelation 21:5)
Read Job 42:10
1) Restored Possessions
This is the part of the story we like and hope for all of us and it is the part of the story that gets emphasized the most. People like a happy ending but we cannot forget what took place in Jobs life for him to get to this point. People make this part of the Bible about God giving them a double portion but more is promised than a double portion for those who walk this earth by faith.
Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold[c] and will inherit eternal life.
Although Job’s reward on earth was doubled I believe it was given 100 times more in Heaven because God is still using Job to encourage His followers today. Job probably did not understand the impact he would make on so many lives and I am sure he wishes he was not chosen by God to endure such hardship and pain. But at the end of time when the rewards are handed out Job will be receiving one hundred more times than what he lost.
We cannot lose sight that these rewards will be in eternity and not here on earth. God has blessed some people here on earth financially and physically but there is no promise that God will always fulfill His promises in our lifetime. Hebrews 11 shows that people who had faith in God did not always receive the promise they were asking for but it does tell us the promise was something better that was waiting for them. We have to be careful to not twist the scripture and make it sound as if we follow God then everything will go our way or that God will reward us in our lifetime for our faithful service. It has been this false teaching that has been taught that has caused some to lose faith in God and walk away from Him.
Satan claims that we human beings serve God only out of self-interest. When people continue to love and serve God even in the depths of their suffering, they prove that Satan in a liar who richly deserves the punishment that awaits him.” (Let God be God, Ray C. Stedman, PG 246)
Why do you serve God? Are you serving God hoping for a blessing on your life? God put us back in a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17) and that is the blessing that can never be matched by any material possesions. But God in His love and mercy will reward us even more than just saving us from His wrath and He promised that if we are faithful to do the things that He has called us to do that we will reap more rewards in Heaven. (Matthew 25)
2) Restored Relationships
What many people miss in the book of Job is that Job was treated very poorly by those closest to him when he went through all of this.
Job 19:13-15 He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.14 My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me. 15 The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
People do not know how to react when someone has experienced a great tragedy in their life and unfortunately they tend to just walk away from the person. Because many people do not know what to say and because it is not something they can fix they tend to just stay away from the person who is in great suffering. Job experienced isolation from family and his servants and it was something that Satan used to cause more destruction in his life.
But now all the people that abandoned Job have now returned and with forgiveness in his heart he has accepted them back. One of the things that is also missed in the story is that Job still needs comfort. Anyone who has had a child pass away can tell you that no amount of possessions can replace the child.
Job has everything restored but still needs comfort because for the rest of his life he will be missing his children. We think the story has a happy ever after ending but the reality is that as long as we are on this earth we will have pain and sorrow.
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I think we give a false narrative of Christianity when we think that we can have a happily ever after while we are still on the earth. Some will even say if you have faith then you should not grieve.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
This is not saying that we will not grieve but that our grieving is different because we have a hope that goes beyond anything this world can promise or fulfill. In Acts 2 the men wept over Stephen and Jesus, Himself, mourned over Lazarus. (John 11). What is different for us, just like the Apostle Paul was addressing here in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, is that we do not have a pessimistic view of death but an optimistic one because we know that eternity with God will be better than anything this world has to offer.
Our happily ever after does not begin till we get to Heaven because as C.S. Lewis has said we live in “Enemy occupied Territory” and with the world being occupied by Satan it will always be full of death, pain and heart ache.
3) Fully Restored
Read Job 42:16-17
When Job passed from this life and he stepped into eternity that is when he became fully restored. Many people look forward to Heaven and like to talk about what it will be like but nothing will compare to seeing God. We will be in awe because He is awesome. When Job saw God (Job 42: 5) all the things that he was dealing with seemed trivial. The restoration that we will experience in Heaven will make everything we experienced on earth be forgotten.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
One day our time on earth with be done and what you believe about eternity is all that will matter.
James 4:13-14 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
A deadline is something that is set that you have your work done by a certain time or day. Deadline originated in the old prison system where a line was painted around the prison and the inmates knew if they crossed that line that they would be shot and killed. We all have a deadline that we will reach but none of us know where the line is and what day it will happen.
Hebrews 9:27 -28 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Will you be ready? There is only one way that you can be fully restored and that is by accepting the free gift that Jesus Christ offers for us to be forgiven because of what He did on the cross for our sins.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Only those who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross will receive full restoration and be able to spend eternity with God. Those who have not been restored will be thrown out. (See Matthew 8:12; 13:42, 50)
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Have you listened to His call to Follow Him? When you follow Him it means that you go where He wants you to go and you do what He wants you to do. Many people think that saying a prayer (although that is not bad in itself) is what it takes to be in a right relationship with God but it is really about surrendering your entire life to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Every one of us must make a decision if we are going to follow Christ or live our lives however we want. The choice is yours but what is not your choice is when the day will come when you step into eternity.