Job 42:12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first.
It always seems that when we're going through some kind of trial, we can always find someone who is going through so much more than us. But Job is the man who everyone recognizes as the one who suffered greatly, the poster child for suffering, if you will. And the thing that we notice about Job is that, though tremendously difficult, he suffered well. From the beginning of his trials, he is praised by God. Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." He didn't just want to serve God because of the good things he experienced; he chose to serve God through the good and the bad. "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Even his wife had a difficult time watching him suffer. His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" He replied, " You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
On top of all that Job was suffering, along came three friends, meaning to comfort him, but not judging correctly of his situation (according to God). Yet he even didn't get upset with them as he prayed for them at God's request. Job made a bold statement of faith showing that he knew where his answers were to be found. "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth." He continued to seek the Lord. And he found Him. Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. . . " And God continues to speak of His power as God. Then Job replied to the LORD: ". . . Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. . . My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."
Long story short, we don't always understand all that happens in our lives. But as we keep our eyes on the Lord, we can make it through the storm, and make it with an even greater vision of God and of ourselves. Yes, Job is the epitome of suffering, and he made it through. This gives us great comfort and courage.
Hebrews 2:8, 9 says, In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus . . . Job is among that great cloud of witnesses who have walked with God which Hebrews 11 speaks about. Hebrews 12 encourages us (1, 2): Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Jesus and His disciples got in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. He had said to them, "Let us go over to the other side." A storm arose and the disciples were afraid. Jesus spoke to the storm. The story continues, saying, They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes (Mark 4:35-5:1). . . He is able to carry us through.