Get ready for the restoration of your latter days! The Lord is encouraging those who have walked through a season of suffering and hardship, where the road has felt so long, that you find yourself deeply exhausted.
For the Lord is coming with His Wind that is Fresh and New, and He is blowing upon the dryness of your soul. He is bringing to life that which has been dormant for a long season, for that which seems dead will sprout afresh, and bring forth new life. For once you were only a small tree, but now you will be a large, deeply-rooted Oak with branches that stretch far and wide, creating a canopy of foliage that shades and protects, feeds and nourishes.
Be not discouraged by the hardship of the former years, but look into the Eyes of your Father, and see His Hands stretching out to you, He is holding your reward in His Hands. He is turning your mourning into dancing and your sorrow into joy. For behold, it is a new day, it is a new hour, it is a new season.
Let His Love heal you, let His Whispers comfort your deepest part. For just as He led you into the wilderness of trust and surrender, so He will deliver and take you out into your fruitful land.
He takes us in to take us out. We start out strong and independent, and end up weak and surrendered. Weak in ourselves, leaning and relying on God, where His Strength carries and sustains us.
All of Him, none of us! Let Him complete the good work in us, for that which He’s producing is gold, pure gold.
The LORD Rebukes Job’s Friends
7After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them, and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.
The LORD Restores Job’s Fortunes
10And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORDgave Job twice as much as he had before. 11Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evilb that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of moneyc and a ring of gold.
12And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. 15And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. 17And Job died, an old man, and full of days.