Key References: Job 42; Prophets and Kings, chap. 12, pp. 162-164; Education, chap. 16, pp. 155, 156; The Bible Story (1994), vol. 6, pp. 174-176; Our Beliefs, nos. 10, 3, 23.
“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5).
God longs to help us experience His salvation.
Have you had an experience so fantastic that it canceled out something bad that happened to you? That’s what happened to Job at the end of his story. Imagine Job himself sharing his experiences.
Hiram,” called Job. “What brings my grandson here?”
Hiram stood up to greet his grandfather.
Job embraced him and slapped him on the back.
“I came to learn more about your story,” replied Hiram.
“Did you ask your grandmother?” said Job, smiling.
“That’s right,” said Hiram. “But Grandfather, I want to hear the rest of the story from you. Grandmother got to the part where God was speaking to you.”
“Have a seat then,” said Job. “This may take awhile.”
“Well, I guess I’d better be going,” said Grandmother. “If you decide to go back home, Hiram, I have something for you to take to your mother.”
“All right, Grandmother,” grinned Hiram. “I’ll let you know.” Turning to his grandfather, he said, “Well, tell me what happened after you heard God speak.”
“I was convinced that God was right and that He is the most powerful force in all the universe. I knew that I needed to apologize to Him. I realized that I had been wrong to sit there for days listening and trying to argue with people who didn’t know Him the way I did.
“After you apologized, what happened?” asked Hiram.
“My friends repented of the accusations they had raised against me. They showed their regret for having judged me by sacrificing seven bulls and seven sheep. Then they asked me to pray to God that He might forgive them.”
”It must have been really tough for you to forgive your friends and to ask God to forgive them after they had spread lies about you,” Hiram said.
“Yes,” Job nodded in agreement. “But you have to remember that God always loves us. He never sends us away. We move away from Him. God doesn’t give up on us even when we don’t understand Him.”
“God is so patient!” Hiram concluded. “Yes, He is. It is a part of His character. He wants more than anything for us to know Him,” Job explained. “He wants to be our friend, so He will go to any length to communicate that message to us.”
“So you apologized to God and asked Him to forgive your friends. What happened next?” asked Hiram with anticipation.
“God did some wonderful things,” Job said. “He completely healed me.”
“That must have been a relief!” said Hiram.
“It was. I had been in a lot of pain, and the sores had been everywhere. After I was healed, all your great-uncles and great-aunts threw a party for me. Every friend I ever had came to see me. Then each one of them gave me a little something to help me get started again.”
“Now, those are good friends, Grandfather.”
“That’s true, but the story is not over yet. God gave me back everything I had lost. My fi rst set of children were irreplaceable, but I’m so blessed that God gave us your mother, your uncles and aunts, your cousins, and you.”
Job and Hiram both smiled.