‘After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.’ (Job 42:10)
In verse 7 of the same verse, the Lord was angry with Job’s friends for not speaking right about God and He revealed this to them. It wasn’t until after Job interceded on their behalf that God pardoned them.
Apart from this, Job became richer than he used to be before the affliction.
When you studied Job thoroughly, you will come to discover that throughout his affliction. Job did not curse God. Well…that will be another discussion for another day.
What I would like to bring yo your notice in this post is about being your friends’ shepherd.
Job would have gotten out of his problem and just leave his friends to sort out their own problems with God. In fact Job would have let God punish his friends BUT the bible says that Job PRAYED for his friends.
Job showed love and compassion. Through his intercession, he told God to have mercy on his friends. And God heard Job. Not only that, because he prayed for his friends, Job demonstrated true love as well as true friendship. He showed he was not a selfish man.
And to compensate Job’s love for his friends, God blessed him more that before, I mean more than he used to be to such extent that Job recovered more than he’d lost, previously.
It cost you more than you imagine when you see your friends in need and just pretend not to see anything. God does not give you your friends in order for you to just look at them.
God gives them to you because He wants you to be a tremendous blessing to them. You need not forget the real definition of friendship.
The more you take up the duty of seeing to the welfare of your friends during their needs, the bigger you become and of course, the richer you will be.
I want you to be like Job. I want you to love your friends with complete sincerity and compassion. I want you to be an uncommon blessing for them.
And lastly, I want you not to always be self-centered because when it comes to being blessed and prosperity, it is not just you.