January 31 | God Restores Job

Today’s Reading:

Read Job 42:10-16

We have walked through a lot with Job.  Can you remember any of the things that Job lost?  (He lost his children, his wife, his friends, his livestock, his health, and his wealth.)  He lost a lot!  But there is one thing Job never lost and that was his faith that God had a plan, and that God could be trusted. 

Job prayed for his friends and those friendships were restored. God restored Job’s livestock and his property (the signs of his wealth) and he actually gave him back more than he had in the beginning!  Job 42:12 says, “So the Lord blessed the last part of his life more than the first.” 

When we first meet Job in chapter 1, after he hears that he has lost his children and his livestock, we get a glimpse of his faith.  Job 1:20, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  As a family, practice saying that out loud together! 

Job’s life is an example of how the Lord gives and takes away and that even though that may be hard, we can trust that God wants what is best for us.  And we can say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” 

*This week you will notice that our daily reading plan for families will be slightly different than the Chronological Plan that Dr. Guthrie outlined.  The goal for our Family Resource is to move the narrative along in a developmentally appropriate manner while including as much of the narrative as possible.  


Adults- this is a great time for you to talk about a time in your life where you have lost something but then God gave it back to youShare with your family a story that points to God’s faithfulness. Thank God for having a plan for your life and ask him to help you trust in that plan, even when bad things happen. 

January Memory Verse:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

January memory verse

january memory verse song

january memory verse coloring sheet

january fill-in-the-blank activity

january calendar