April 11, 2014

Second Half

“So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life

even more than in the beginning.”

Job 42:12 (NLT)

Second halves offer opportunity for great comebacks. We’ve all seen or heard about amazing comebacks in the second half that led teams to victory from a defeated first half. Job’s first half was devastating! You can’t get through the first chapter of his book without seeing a man lose everything. He lost all his wealth in one day. The same day all ten of his children died. If that were not bad enough, the next day he lost his health. It would seem as if Job was done! Yet, the Bible says Job was blessed more in the second half of his life than in the beginning! I’m so thankful his story is recorded in the Bible. It gives me hope when I experience unexplained and unexpected problems. Job teaches us that every great comeback requires a setback. Setbacks in life can be difficult to navigate. We feel like giving up. What’s the use in going on? Job could have never imagined what God had in store for him. His story reminds us that God alone writes the final chapter. We may think our story is over when God is just beginning to write a new chapter that will contain more blessing than we’ve ever known! Perhaps Job’s story was in the mind of the New Testament writer who said, So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT) When you’re going through a setback, don’t give up. Remember what a pastor friend told me, “What you’re going through is a season of your life, not the end of your life. If you’re not dead, God’s not done!” Trust God to write the last chapter. At just the right time, you will reap a harvest of blessing!