August 7 – Blessed to See God

Job is not a make-believe story that happened once upon a time.  He was a real man with a real family who encountered real affliction.   Later in history, several prophets will quote from Job’s life as they address the needs of the people during their own difficulties.  God did not remain silent at the time of Job’s suffering.  At the end of the written account He questioned Job, and then in front of his friends, God validated Job for his pure heart and steadfast faithfulness. Job prayed for his friends, like the Lord told him to do, and everyone celebrated gathering at Job’s home.

And 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. He had also seven sons and three daughters.  Job lived for another 140 years, seeing even his great-great grandchildren. Job’s time of trial was severe but he remained loyal to God and was incredibly blessed.  I think his biggest blessing was seeing God.  I love this little verse tucked in at the conclusion of Job’s story.  Job said, “I had heard rumors about You, but now my eyes have seen You.”  How marvelously blessed we will be when it is our turn to see God with our own eyes!  Jesus tells His followers that the pure in heart are blessed for they will see God.

Job 42:12-13 ESV