Quotes and Notes for the Day
JOB AND HIS FRIENDS – VI
Thus far we see Job “holding fast his integrity.” He meets with calmness all the heavy afflictions which Satan is allowed to bring upon him; and moreover he refuses the foolish counsel of his wife. In a word, he accepted all as from the hand of God, and bows his head. All is well, we can say, up till this moment! But the arrival of his three friends produces a marked change. Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite had made an appointment to come together to mourn with him and to comfort him.
“now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place…… to come and to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes they knew him not, they lifted up their voices and wept; and they rent everyone their mantle….. so they sat down with him upon the ground seven days………… none spake one word… for they saw that his grief was very great.” Job 2:11-13 The presence of his friends had the effect of stirring up feelings and thoughts in his heart and in his mind which had hitherto lain dormant.
Yes, Satan had been dismissed, and the wife’s counsel rejected; but the presence of his friends caused Job to break down completely. His friends have not spoken a single word while they sat there in total silence, with rent garments, and covered with dust, gazing on a grief too profound for them to reach. It was Job himself who first broke the silence. “After this, Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.” here is an outpouring of the most bitter lamentation, which is evidence of an unsubdued spirit.
It is impossible for anyone who had learnt, in any measure to say, to say, “Thy will be done,” could ever curse his day. It may doubtless be said, “ It is easy for those to speak who have never been called to endure Job’s heavy trials.” That is quite true! and it may further be added that no other man would have done one bit better under the circumstances. All this we can fully understand. Job was a true saint of God; but he needed to learn himself, as well as we do. He needed to have the roots of his moral being laid bare in his own sight so that he might really abhor himself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job needed a true and deeper sense of What God is, so that he might trust Him and justify Him under all circumstances. But we look in vain for aught of this in Job’s address. “….Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man-child conceived……….. why died I not from the womb?” surely these are not words of a broken and a contrite spirit, or of one who had learnt to say, ” Even so, Father, for so it seemed in thy sight.”
Friend, a broken will is a rich and rare endowment. It is a high attainment in the school of Christ to be able to say, ” I have learnt, in whatsoever state I am, to be content.” (Philippians 4:11) Paul had to learn this. It was not natural to him; and, most surely, he never learnt it at feet of Gamaliel. He had to be thoroughly broken down at the feet of Jesus, ere he could say from his heart, ” I am content.” He had to ponder the meaning of those words, “ My grace is sufficient for thee,” ere he could “take pleasure in infirmities.”
Yes, the Apostle Paul himself, who used such language, was standing at the very antipodes of the man (Job) who cursed his day, and said, “ Why died I not from the womb? “ If only Job had been in the presence of God he never could have uttered those words. He would have known full well why he had not died. He would have justified God in all things! But Job was not in the presence of God, but in the presence of his friends; who understood little or nothing of the character of God; or the real object of His dealings with His servant Job.
To be continued……………..
From the staff of the Peoples Gospel Hour
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
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