September 5th, 2011 – Encouragement

Two of the most encouraging passages in the entire Bible for us, we weren’t really aware of prior to Hannah’s death and now they are such a reminder of God’s goodness and protection – the beginning and end of Job:  

Job 1:1-3

1There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Job 42:12-13

 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.

At first glance, it looks like the Lord made a mistake and did not bless Job completely!  He doubled the amount of sheep, camels, oxen and donkeys but forgot to double the children!  

Why is that and How could this be? 

Because his original children are still alive with Him in Heaven!!!  He didn’t forget or make a mistake!  They are alive!  With God! 

He did double them – seven sons and three daughters on earth and seven sons and three daughters in Heaven!  And now many Earth years later while basking in the glory of Heaven, Job is spending eternity with all of his children – a total of 14 sons and 6 daughters!  Double what he originally had! 

For those of us who have lost children, this is everything!  It gives us strength, it gives us a real perspective on life and it gives us Hope! 

Praise be to the Lord! 

Bill & Amy

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