And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
The story of Job is one of pain and tragedy but ultimately triumph. Job had learned a lesson and found his place. His friends had been humbled by the chastening they received. But it was not their triumph that was so keenly visible, but God’s. God had allowed Satan to afflict Job and take away all that He had, but in the end, God restores to Job a double portion, removes his affliction, and blesses him beyond what he had known before. And through all this, God shows that He is more powerful than Satan and will have the victory every time.
Satan has the power to take, but God has the power to add, to give, to restore. God multiplies the blessings He bestows, while Satan only seeks to divide—not only to create division, strife, and chaos in this world, but to separate us from God. God seeks to add joy, peace, love, and hope to our lives, while Satan tries to steal those things from us. Satan can destroy, but God can build something from nothing. God can take a life broken down by sin, a heart shattered and bruised, and make something new and whole and complete. God brings to us an empowering truth, while Satan must rely on lies and deception.
In every way, God is victorious over Satan, and though the devil may afflict us, take everything we have, and leave us weary and in pain, he cannot defeat us when we are trusting in God. God can help us through. He can forgive every sin. He can mend every wound. He can restore and strengthen and revive. Satan is limited, and God is not. So the devil can stir up the same old things and use the same old tricks, but God can give us a new heart and a new mind and new strength. And His grace is enough every time to sustain us through any fiery trial.
Let’s be encouraged by the story of Job that trials, temptations, and tragedies can be overcome. Our God is mighty and wise. Our God is unlimited in what He can do. And when we are His children, Satan may cause us to trip and to fall sometimes, but we will not be destroyed. And we can rest in the fact that in the end, that thorn in our side will be cast out, and God will reign forever and ever. So let us persevere and remain faithful to Him until the end.