I’ve always struggled with the book of Job. For years, I couldn’t get past the beginning where God gives Satan permission to test Job. I didn’t like that part, so that’s where I stopped reading. But, over the years, it seems God has led me to the book of Job on several occasions.
While I was thinking about God-given dreams recently, I read this verse:
So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.
Job 42:12a NLT
I know I’ve read it before because I remember thinking, Yeah, but he lost so much before that! I got stuck in what happened to Job and couldn’t move forward. Much like we do in real life.
How often do we get stuck in the past, unable to move forward in the present?
It’s easy to do that with dreams that don’t materialize. Maybe it’s because real-life responsibilities and obligations keep us from pursuing our dreams. Or perhaps we’ve worked and worked, but still haven’t seen the dream come true. After a while, we decide it’s just not meant to be.
There’s a difference between giving up and letting it go. Giving up comes from disappointment and discouragement. It closes the door on the dream and can lead to resentment.
The decision to let go of a dream can also come from disappointment and discouragement, but it leaves the door open for God to work in ways we don’t expect and can’t imagine.
We may grieve the loss of a dream, and that’s an appropriate emotion. It’s also an important part of the healing process that allows us to move forward.
Job had plenty of reasons to grieve—he lost so much, but he never turned away from God. In fact, he reaffirmed his faith in Him.
Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.
Job 42:1-2 NLT
We don’t know how long Job’s healing process was, but we know he walked through it and was blessed by God—probably more than Job ever imagined was possible.
I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
Job 42:5 NLT
If you’ve had to let go of your dreams, for whatever reason, don’t count God out. Leave the door open for God to work in ways you don’t expect and can’t imagine. Even when we don’t know what we’re watching for, we can trust He’s there, and His work is worth waiting for.
Shared by: Laura Rath