Read Job 42
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. (Job 42.10)
Sometimes we have to lose a part of ourselves in order to gain something greater. We have to lose our lives to gain them back, even better than before. When we take the risk of losing life, we can embrace the new life God alone offers us in Jesus Christ.
Vernon is a man who found great enjoyment in his work. He was not exceptionally skilled, but he was dependable. Suddenly, his company asked him to take early retirement. He accepted, thinking he had no choice. Now Vernon stays at home, watching episodes of “reality TV,” wondering what to do. He’s afraid to get another job. He avoids seeing his former co-workers. He feels left out and alone.
Job’s blessing comes at a cost. When the Lord restored his fortunes with twice as much as he had before, Job faced twice as much the risk to lose it all again. He could have become overwhelmed by this prospect, stayed at home to watch “Judge Judy,” not going out to embrace the new life God had given him. But he doesn’t. He receives God’s abundant blessing and shares this blessing with others.