Better Than Before
We have heard of or read about Job- how blessed he was and then he went through some really tough times. Job's trials lasted nine months. The scriptures indicate that is was Satan who attacked Job and brought Job's troubles on him. When the trials came, Job worshipped God and never gave up his trust in God. Through it all, Job was not aware of what was going on behind the scenes involving Satan and God.
We must know that when Satan is attacking, God is working behind the scenes. In those times we need to hold onto our faith in God by reminding ourselves of God's character. We must remember that God is good and He does good and that His Word is true.
When God gives us a word, we must know that God will bring it to pass. However, we must also remember that the enemy will attack to steal that word. And this is when we use our authority to resist the devil, speaking the Word and using the Name of Jesus against him.
Job lost nearly everything- his children, his fortune, and his health. In the midst of this trial, his true desire was to see God. Even when you can't see, hear, or feel God, know that He is there. God has said He will never leave or forsake us; that He is with us always even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
At the end of Job's trial, God showed up, spoke, and revealed Himself to Job. However, God did not answer any of Job's questions. Why? Because, dear friend, knowing God is far more important than getting our questions answered.
After Job came out of his trial, he was better off relationally, physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually. This included Job's relationship with his friends. When Job prayed for his friends, God then brought restoration.
So the Lord restored what Job had lost after he prayed for his friends, and the Lord doubled all that had belonged to Job. Job 42:10 (New English Translation- NET)
And Job received double what he had before; double for his trouble. Job received twice as much as the devil stole from him. Job's life got better and better. God's pay day always outdoes Satan's plots and plans. The Bible says God blessed the latter part of Job's life more than his beginning.
When we hurt, if we will trust God, love Him with all our hearts, worship Him and hold onto Him, God will turn things around for us. We may not get our questions answered, and we may not find out why things happened as they did, but the Lord will reward us double what was stolen. Our latter end will indeed be better than our former.
Hang in there. Look to God and know He will work it all out for your good (Romans 8:28). And you will surely give the Lord glory when He turns it all around for you. You and your life will be better than ever!