Job 42 finally has Job speaking to God. He’s just been instructed by God about his place in creation, and the majesty and glory of God in contrast to his mere mortal life as a human. Job admits God’s place. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted”. Job’s connected the dots and recognizes that God is in control and has a purpose for his life. And Job also recognizes he spouted off about things without really knowing what he was talking about. “I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know”.
Job moves from challenging God, to respectfully asking to have conversation with Him. Job is getting his place right with respect to God’s. And they talk. But then God addresses the three friends. “The Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has”. God is not pleased that these guys have been telling Job. Interestingly, God does not include Elihu in this which may indicate that his words were more correct than the original three friends. God instructs this trio to go and sacrifice, and to wait for their friend Job to pray for their forgiveness.
It’s interesting that the redemption of the three friends is dependent on Job’s prayer. “My servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly…. and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer”. After all the discussion and unkind words these three had said to Job, now their future is in his hands. Job prays for his friends as God had asked, and an amazing thing happens as a result of that prayer – his blessing is restored as well, even though he doesn’t ask for it. His willingness to bless his friends through prayer, even though he had to have some second thoughts, immediately caused blessing upon him too. “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends”.
Did you catch that? When Job prayed, then he was made whole. But it was way beyond that. “The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before”. God didn’t just restore Job’s life, he doubled it. And “the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning”. In the beginning of the story of Job we find a blessed and godly man; at the end of the Book of Job we find a man more blessed and more godly. All the attacks of Satan made Job a more blessed man in the end. It wasn’t an enjoyable ride through it all, but Satan was defeated as Job faithfully lived his life with God. Job had a difficult period in his life, but God blessed him as “Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days”. We are not all like Job, but we all have Job’s God. He is faithful and has a plan and purpose for us too!