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Job’s Wealth Returned to Him

Written by Joe Dardano

In the Book of Job, God’s chosen servant undergoes harsh suffering to test his spirit. Job’s calamities include his flesh suffering from boils, he loses his family and possessions. Job’s friend and comforter Bildad has advice for Job in (Job 8: 6-7), “But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Bildad believes that if Job repents, that good things will happen for him again, prosperity will return. This belief is confirmed in several places in the Bible. It follows the law of sowing and reaping, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”(Galatians 6:7 -7) If you do good things, repent, forgive, live  a clean and holy life, God will reward you with prosperity. Bildad was reminding Job of this law, in his pain Job needed accountability and instruction from a dear friend. The notion of righteousness leading to prosperous living is not taken out of context in these scriptures. We find this spiritual law reaffirmed in proverbs 13:22, “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” Here it sums up the the recommendation for all righteous, God fearing Christians. If you want to seek God’s face, work to accumulate wealth, not just for your selfish ends, but for future generations.

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