Here's the story. Job had a lot of cool things. Satan tells God that Job only serves Him because Job has lots of stuff. God tells Satan he can take it away... to prove Job is faithful no matter what.
Then Job whines. A lot. And his "friends" criticize and blame him and tell him he is a sinner. Cuz bad things don't happen to good people.
And then Job whines some more and his friends verbally attack him some more. And then you repeat that for a lot of chapters.
And then God comes and says, "Check out everything I made, Job? Why are you questioning me? Are you God"
And Job responds, and says, “you’re right, no, I'm not God. I put my hand over my mouth."
And then Job gets his stuff back. Right?
Something else happens first. This is chapter 42 in the message.
See what happened? There was a step in there that we often forget. First he had to forgive his friends and pray for them. Interceded for them. Help them get forgiven by God. Then he got his stuff back... doubled.
We don't know what would have happened had Job said, "no way! I'm not going to intercede for them. Do you see how they treated me, God? They get what they get!" But what if that was the key to God's restoring and doubling his fortune?
Maybe there is something God wants to do for you… maybe He wants to give you something back but there is someone … or a group of people … you need to forgive and pray for before He can give it to you.