The New Maturity
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! (Living Bible)
Job could have been so hurt and angry with his friends for misjudging him while he endured all those reversals in his life, 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 with a free mind FOR those who have hurt.
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 not only for our needs, but also for our wants.
It is amazing how life begins to work in our favour when we make up our minds to obey God!
Because Job's friends had the humility to ask him to pray for them, they were able to avert the judgement of God upon their own lives.
The result of this was that the Lord was able to restore all that Job had lost at the beginning. In other words, God promoted Job and was able this time, to trust him with twice as much wealth and prosperity as he had before.
Whenever we are able to come through a time of testing with our faith in tact, and we are able to forgive others and rise to the new level of maturity to which God is calling us, God in turn rewards us with a promotion, and He is able to trust us with more than we had before.
It is in our best interest to follow the example of God's servant Job, in the way he exited his trouble.
In this new prosperity, Job remained rich toward God.
Can God trust you with a promotion today?
Father, thank You for bringing me this far with You.
Thank You that my faith in You is in tact and growing.
Thank You for helping me to forgive those who have wronged me.
Thank You for healing my heart, so that I am no longer hurt by their actions.
Thank You for helping me to pray FOR them.
And thank You for the new level of maturity I have come to as a result of all that has happened,
in Jesus' name, Amen.