Then Job answered the Lord:
‘I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
“Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?”
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.’
The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this Job lived for one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children’s children, four generations. And Job died, old and full of days.
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Job answered the Lord…”I talked about things I did not understand…I am ashamed of all I have said…”
The Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life even more…than the first. [Job 42: 1, 3, 6, 12]
In Finding God, Louis Savary and Thomas O’Connor tell the story of a young man who had a remarkable experience of God. One day he knelt down and prayed for the first time in over 20 years. In the course of his prayer, he surrendered his life to God totally. After he did, he expected that the rest of his life would be hard, even painful. But just the opposite happened. God blessed him beyond all imagining. The young man wrote later, “Since I gave up to God all ownership of my life, he has blessed me in a thousand ways.”
Have I ever considered kneeling down and offering my life to God, totally?
Our hearts have a God-shaped hole in them that only God can fill. [Author unknown]
—Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Prayer of St. Ignatius
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will, all I have and
call my own.
You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and grace,
that is enough for me.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola