6000 camels, 1000 oxen, and 1000 female donkeys (Job 42:12). If you do the math, you realize that God has doubled everything! Then we read in verse 13 that God blesses him with 7 sons and 3 daughters. But wait! Is that double? Didn’t Job lose seven sons and three daughters? At first, this seems
inconsistent, but there is a very subtle and wonderful message here. Job
actually has 20 children! He has 10 who live in heaven and 10 who live with him on earth! If the first 10 children had ceased to exist, God would have doubled Job’s progeny just as he did his herds! For a mother who has lost two children, this underlying lesson is so powerful and assuring!
At the end of chapter 42, we read, “After this, Job lived 140 years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.” Did you notice any mention of his wealth and material possessions in these ending verses? No, instead Job’s children are mentioned. This shows us that Job’s true wealth was his family! Finally, the author writes that Job was full of years. FULL as in complete, filled up! Job had trusted God with his first 10 children. He did not spend his life mourning over them. He trusted God as David did, when he said that he would go to his dead child, but the child would not return to him (2 Samuel 12:23).
Job’s faith is stronger after he suffered. He is closer to God than he was before. He doesn’t have to ask God the same questions. He simply trusts. When we put our faith in God, He uses the valleys of life to draw us closer to Him.