October 31st, 2019
Job 42:11-12 (KJB) Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. 12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
We do not play the lottery for we do not choose to gamble but to remain inside faith of the presence and provision of God.
However, many people do choose to partake of gambling and to play the lottery.
If you were to ask a previous lottery winner about friends, family, and acquaintances coming out of the woodwork once their money was in hand, they would likely answer that it happened to them once the win was known.
Job was a man who was once rich and well known, especially among his family and friends. He had accumulated a lot of wealth and material goods and was significantly blessed by God.
Then one day, his life took a drastic turn.
When adverse circumstances came, Job suffered severe health issues, lost family members, animals, and Job soon found himself alone, in the poor house, and suffering physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Even his wife and a handful of fickle friends were not always helpful and supportive.
But Job was never alone in any of these ordeals for God was always with him.
Job never lost sight of this fact that God was with him, though he may have wondered why all these circumstances transpired, his faith in God grew with hard times. God allowed Job to face severe trials and ill situations for value in proving his faith and loyalty to God despite his physical and mental conditions. Job had spiritual tenacity and did not desire to align with satan despite the bottom falling out of his state of affairs.
God provided fellowship and comfort during tribulations He gave Job opportunity for greater faith and spiritual growth. Not only that, God gave Job great substance and blessing, more magnificent than he had lost, as this season of extreme persecution and great difficulty came to an end.