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JOB 38 - The New Maturity

Job 42
7. After the Lord had finished speaking with Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: "I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you have said about me, as my servant Job was.
8. Now take seven young bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves; and my servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf, and won't destroy you as I should because of your sin, your failure to speak rightly concerning my servant Job."
9. So Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did as the Lord commanded them, and the Lord accepted Job's prayer on their behalf.
10. Then, when Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his wealth and happiness! In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!

It is amazing how life begins to work in our favour when we make up our minds to obey God!

Job could have been so hurt and angry with his friends that he decided he definitely would not pray for them.

But Job was able to rise to the level of maturity it took to first of all forgive his friends for lecturing him when instead he needed them to comfort him.

Then Job was able to do what God required and PRAY FOR his friends.

We know that we have forgiven when we can pray FOR those who have hurt us without upset.

It takes a new level of courage, faith and maturity to pray FOR them, because it means we are asking God to do for them all the good things we want Him to do for us, like:

bless us and make us whole on the inside;
bless our family, spouse, parents, children, relatives;
help us to do well and succeed at what we do, especially educationally and job-wise;
provide for our needs.

Father, today I bless not only those who belong to me and love me, but also those who have hurt, misjudged and disappointed me.
Thank You that as I bless them today, You are able to make me whole again, so I can better fit in with Your plans,
in Jesus' name,

See you tomorrow, God willing!