Double for Your Trouble

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.”  Job 42:10 New International Version (NIV) 

I was at work on yesterday and we had some balloons left over from an event. My coworker was helping a couple who had a child and she decided to give the little girl one balloon. The little girl was so excited to have her balloon. As my coworker finished up with the couple, the wife stayed inside of the store to finish their transaction and the dad and little girl went towards the center of the mall. The little girl lost her grip of the balloon and it went floating up to the ceiling beyond reach. The little girl was devastated and cried. The couple left the store to do a little shopping and said they would return to pick up their items. When the couple returned, my coworker not only gave the little girl 3 balloons, but she tied the balloons on a rubber band to make a bracelet for the girl! The girl was even more thrilled this time because she received 2 more than what she had the first time. God used that small incident to show me how He can do the same thing in our lives.

Ironically, a few days ago me and that same coworker and my manager were talking about the story of Job, and it tied in perfectly with this incident and message. My coworker stated that it was unfair how God took everything from Job including his children. What she failed to do was finish the rest of the story. At the beginning of Job in chapter 1, God took everything from Job, his animals and children. It wasn’t until all the way in chapter 42 verse 10 that God gave him twice as much as he had. God gave him more animals and many children, grand children, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren as well.

You may be like Job and the little girl.Maybe you’ve lost more than a balloon, whatever you have lost or feel God has taken from you; remember, God will give you double for your trouble. You may want to throw a fit right now, but trust God and keep holding on. We all have heard that God will give us double for our trouble, but will we wait on him to do it?

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