The last chapter of Job, chapter 42, is the restoration and happy ending for Job. But there are 3 critical life lessons for everyone to learn. They are, firstly, personal experience is better than hearsay; secondly, the right way to apologize and to forgive, and lastly blessings as by-product of true worship.Personal Encounter with God
A key verse for this last chapter is:
- Job 42:5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;
- Job 42:6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
- Name the error committed.
Job 42:7b for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.
- To the Person wronged.
Job 42:8 Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves.
- The Offering for Restoration - making good the wrong.
The sins were against Job and against God. So the offering was for God and for Job.
- Job 42:9b .... and the LORD accepted Job's prayer.
- Job 42:10 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.
The key lesson for us, the theme of Job, is about seeking and worship God first and all other things will follow. This is emphasized again by Jesus in Mat 6:33 seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things will be added to you. If however, we get the order wrong, by putting the blessings, though good things, like wealth, health and popularity as first, we will end up putting as idols and replacing God. But those things will never satisfy you but enslave you. Break free from pursuing such idols and come back to worship the true and living God in Jesus Christ. Measure your success in life not as how much you possess or how great you are but how you have live up to and live with God. True wealth and success is having God and enjoying Him only. Enjoying God is also reflected not just in our time with Him but also how He expressed through us to helping and being with others.