Job 42:10-11 GNT.
Then, after Job had prayed for his three friends, the made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had had before. All Job's brothers and sisters and former friends came to visit him and feasted with him in his house. They expressed their sympathy and comforted him for all the troubles the had brought on him. Each of them gave him some money and a gold ring.
A few months back I decided to read the entire Bible, one Book at a time. After studying the book of Esther (beautiful one btw) I was going to explore Isaiah, but I changed my mind. Firstly because my mind wasn't in that space, I wasnt quite ready. Also, I myself wasn't in that space. Where was I? I dunno but I felt like I could connect more with Job *covers face*. There's so much about that book I would really really like to talk about, so many questions to ask, but another day. The verses above are from the last chapter. I haven't gotten there yet but I got so tired of hearing Job lament (the man could lament for Europe. Jeez!) and I wanted to read something happy, so I rushed there. I'll still go back and read up though...
Isn't it interesting that after all Job's suffering (and Job did suffer), after the Lord blessed him again and made him doubly prosperous, his friends, relatives and acquaintances who had abandoned him (Job 19:13), came to visit and feast with him, bringing him money and gold (Kesitah)?
Hahahahahahahahaha! Have you ever wondered why people who have a lot are often given more, and people who have none get almost nothing? It's greatly ironic yet so true. But that's another topic in itself.
What caught my attention was "All Job's brothers and sisters and former friends came to visit him and feasted with him in his house". The fickleness of people. They not only came to visit and feast, they also sympathized and comforted him. Like, what did Job need comfort and sympathy for when his great blessings have been doubled? Duh!
A while back a vlogger asked me to help her create content for a Vlog she wanted to do. It was to be centered around Goodluck Jonathan, who said most of the people around him had abandoned him just after he lost the election. While writing for her, I remembered someone I grew up knowing. I saw first hand how someone who formerly had so much wealth becomes abandoned by closest friends, one after the other. They suddenly begin to treat you (not you my darlings) like you have a suffocating odour and can no longer bear to be around you. You become a leper and they fear that being in close proximity to you, they might catch your disease of poverty and misfortune. You become a pariah.
I'm not writing anything that's novel or groundbreaking, this is old news. But doesn't the fickle mindedness of people boggle your mind? If I were to be Job I would have shooed them away while creep-walking to Drake's No New Friends.
...Where are you in your life right now and who are the people in your circle? How many of them would actually stick with you in times of grief and trouble, even when it looks like it might never end? Have you ever been abandoned by the people you most trusted, at a trying time in your life? How did you deal with it? And you, yes you, that "friend" who's only there when the going is good, who's only generous and giving to those who already have, those whom they can get something from in return, God is watching you. Kontinuuuuuuu!
LOL. Good morning errbody. As you go about your day remember Job 42:10; Then, after Job had prayed for his three friends, the made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had had before. Pray for those around you, it just might bring you increase.
Oh, Job is also teaching me patience. Lots and lots of it. I'm not in any way suffering, but I knew there were great things to be learnt from that Book. What Book of the Bible would you suggest I read next, and why? Thank you.