“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.”
Just about everyone knows the story of Job and the trials that he endured. Many sermons have been preached about Job’s character in trials, and how he would not turn on God in spite of all that happened to him. Many sermons have also been preached about Job’s forgiveness which led to being blessed twice as much after he prayed for his friends who attacked and maligned him. Certainly, the book of Job is a great help to those going through tough times.
However, God blessed Job’s latter end more than his beginning, and the reason is because Job didn’t let the hardship keep him from working. When Job got over his pity party and started working is when God turned everything around. Job’s ability to recover from hardship was partly because he understood that he had to work to recover. God could have stopped Job’s trial, and he could have prayed for God to forgive his friend, but he would not have had twice as much as he had at the beginning had he not worked.
The greatest recovery tool from hardships is work. My friend, everyone has hard times in life, but sulking in the hard times has never led anyone to recover from them. Recovery from hard times is never accomplished through sulking, but it is achieved through hard work. If you want to be blessed twice as much as your beginning, you would be wise to work twice as hard as you did in the beginning and you will find that God will reward your hard work.
One of the greatest mistakes many people make when they go through tough times is they sit and sulk about their hard times when they need to get up and work. Twice God said to Job, “Gird up now thy loins like a man…” God was telling Job that he would stay in his poverty and destruction as long as he sat and sulked in his misery. People feeling sorry for you doesn’t change your situation, and it will never change your situation. Getting up from your hardship and working hard is always what changes your situation.
Some of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time have faced bankruptcy. Men like Henry Ford, Donald Trump, Walt Disney, Milton Hershey, and P.T. Barnum all either came from poverty or went bankrupt, but they didn’t let that stop them from continuing. History is filled with people who understood that the best way to recover from devastating times is hard work. There is nothing that can replace hard work. You must always remember that the harder you work, the more you will find yourself able to recover.
So, do you find yourself at the bottom? Pastor, has your church hit bottom and it looks like you may not make it? Businessperson, has your business hit hard times and the bills are greater than the income? Believer, has your life hit bottom and you find yourself sitting in the ashes of life? The best way to recover is to get up and work hard. You can wait for someone to bail you out, but you will be waiting for the rest of your life because being bailed out of hard times never works. Yes, every person gave Job a piece of money and an earring of gold, but at the end of the day, it was Job taking what he had and working hard that allowed him to recover. If you are at the bottom, hard work is the only way to claw your way out and recover. Stop sulking and start working!