Dec. 31. Job Repents and Is Restored

Job 42:1-17

“I know that You can do everything…I have uttered what I did not understand…I have heard of You…But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.” His repentance was not for the wickedness that his friends had falsely stated, but for his attitude of arrogance toward God. Man will suffer afflictions during his lifetime. It is imperative that he maintain a proper attitude during those trials.

After Job’s statement of repentance, God turned His attention to his three friends. He was angry with them because they had spoken wrongly against Job. The Lord commanded them to offer a burnt offering and to allow Job to pray for them to avoid punishment for their folly.

As for Job, he had passed the test. His losses were restored twice as much as he had before. He had seven sons, three daughters as before and many thousands of livestock. Job lived one hundred and forty more years and was able to see four generations of children and grandchildren. “So Job died, old and full of days.”

“All’s well that ends well” is a well-known expression of men. It is stated to a greater degree in Rom. 8:23. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” As Job was, one is highly prone to fail to recognize that truth because God does not work according to man’s thoughts and desires nor according to his time table. However, in His time and maybe unknown to anyone else, His good will be accomplished.

This concludes our journey through the Old Testament and our Bible study journey for this year. Our daily Bible studies will continue in the new year throughout the remainder of the New Testament.

If you are not a Christian or have fallen away from your love of Christ, now would be an excellent time to close that sinful chapter of your life and begin a new life of Christian service at the beginning of the new year. I would be happy to try to answer any questions that you may have.

A copy of this year’s Bible studies is available. If you will send your request to ntpromise@gmail.com I will e-mail you the entire manuscript.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

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