Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 40:6-42:17
Then they lived happily ever after!
Now that’s my kind of story line!
I don’t think we’ll ever find the book of Job in the fairy tale section of the bookstore, but if you really stop and think about it, the book of Job has a fairy tale ending:
…the Lord restored his (Job’s) fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! 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.
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. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 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.
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. –Job 42:10-17
Job’s life sure doesn’t read like a fairy tale: Forty-one chapters of disaster, despair, and disillusionment and one chapter of repentance, restoration, and rejoicing. Shouldn’t that be just the opposite? Lots of rejoicing and just a little disaster…
Can’t we just have the ‘Once upon a time’ and then go straight to the happily ever-after ending?
Can’t we skip the hard stuff?
Can’t we just live in the land of rejoicing?
I did a word search on the word rejoicing and was surprised to find that most of the time when the Lord talked about rejoicing, He was commanding us to rejoice; it wasn’t an option. My favorite one is in Paul’s writings. By the way, he was writing from prison.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! –Philippians 4:4
Paul wasn’t rejoicing in his conditions, which I’m sure were terrible. He was rejoicing in knowing and being comforted by the God of the Universe.
In my “Job” times I have felt as if God had forgotten about me, only to realize when the trial was over that God was closer than He had ever been before and I knew more about Him than ever before. Now that’s something to rejoice about and that’s a real fairy tale ending!
What are you facing today?
Rejoice! You are not alone! God is with You and He will never leave you or fail you (Hebrews 13:5).
Heavenly Father, thank You for including Job’s story in Your Word. Thank You for the assurance that You are with us. Help us to really believe that in our darkest hours You are carrying us! Jesus, help us to realize the ultimate fairy tale ending won’t happen until we meet you face-to-face! We rejoice that our names are written in Your book of heaven (Luke 10:20).
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-2:25; 1 Chronicles 6:1-3a; Exodus 3:1-4:17