“… Also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. But then, the Lord gives back double. For Job, the double was not only in physical things, but in a much fuller apprehension of his God. “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5).
Death in God’s economy is always a prelude to resurrection life and power. The death working in Paul brought life to others. He was not afraid of loss. Why? Because he knew the compensation of God: less would translate into more. And then, though poor, he could make many rich; though having nothing, he would possess all things (2 Cor. 6:10).
God works all things together for good in the lives of those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose. For all the sorrow and grief we experience, He pays us back in the richest coin. If we will “buy” it, there is gold to be gained from Christ in the hottest of fires. Beyond anything of this world, He will give us more of Himself. He will enter and enrich us with His presence and knowledge, surpassing anything we have previously known.
Set your affection on things above, where Christ who is your life, sits at the Father’s right hand. The best things of earth can only be held for a fleeting moment; they will soon pass away. Seek the imperishable goodness and eternal glory of God. For all your trouble, get God’s double.