Text: Job 42:12-17
“Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.”
George Frederick Handel was a well known and successful composer, who started his music career at age 17 as a church organist, later on a violinist, harpsichordist and by age 21, he was a keyboard virtuoso. By the time he was 40, he was famous as an international composer. Having faced some challenges both in his career and health, he retired and gave his farewell concert. About four months after, something incredible happened that brought a turn around. Someone gave him a musical text to work on the life of Christ. It stirred him to action and within 24 days he had completed a 260-page manuscript he called the piece Messiah ( Hallelujah). That became the best of his works, which came after retirement. Wow! Today Handel’s Messiah is considered a master piece and the greatest feat in the whole history of music composition.
“Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; …” (Job 42:12-17)
In spite of the unimaginable trials of Job, he persevered to the end. “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”
(Jam 5:11). Pay attention to this – ‘the end intended by the Lord’. Those who endure are considered blessed because of the great joy that will come to them afterwards. The devil will paint a picture of doom and irrecoverable fortune for you. The devil will tell you that you have lost your best and wasted your best years but God says the contrary. God says your best is not behind you but ahead of you. Your best years are not past you but ahead of you. You give an evil report when you join the world to say, “In those good old days.” (I Cor 2:9; Num 13:32).
Friends, always know that God has something good behind your present trial. Your latter will surpass your beginning in Jesus name.
1. Father, I break away from the power of the past and I enter into the greatness You have kept for me in Jesus name.
2. Father, please renew fresh fire in me, rekindle my zeal and stir up my faith to arise again in Jesus name.
1. It doesn’t matter how good or bad last month was, this new month is coming as the best for me.
2. God’s good intention remains my motivation to persevere in difficult situations.