Quotes and Notes for the Day
JOB AND HIS FRIENDS – II
“Don’t ask God to lighten your load – ask Him to broaden your shoulders.”
“ It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71
In chapter 29 of the book of Job we see distinctly what a strong and deep root of self-complacency thee was in the heart of this dear and valued servant of God, and how this root was nourished by the very tokens of divine favor with which Job was surrounded. Here we read the pathetic lament over the faded light of other days; and the very tone of the lament proves how necessary it was that Job should be stripped of every thing, in order he might learn himself in the searching light of the divine presence.
“Oh that I were as in the months past, as in the days when God preserved me; ……. as I was in the days of my youth……when the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me………..When the young men saw me and hid themselves, and the aged arose and stood up………….. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me:…. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the poor…………. I break the Jaws of the wicked….. I shall multiply my days as the sand……. My glory was fresh in me…. unto me men gave ear, …………After my words they spake not again……I chose out their way, and sat……. as one that comforteth the mourners. But now they that are younger than I have me in derision…..“
This truly is the most remarkable utterance. We look in vain for any broken and a contrite spirit here. ” ……. woe is me! for I am undone: because I am a man of unclean lips…” In all of his utterance there are no evidence of self-loathing, or even self-distrust. There is no expression of conscious weakness and nothingness. In what he said, Job referred to himself more than forty times, while the reference to God are but five. In Romans chapter seven we have the predominance of “I”. “I had not known sin,” ” I had not known lust,” “for I was alive without the law once,” ” sin revived and I died,” ” I found it to be unto death,” “but I am carnal” ” for that which I do I allow….” “… it is no more I that do it…” “for I know in me that is in my flesh….” “…. to perform that which is good I find not.” ” For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not that I do.” ” Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it……… dwelth in me.” ” I find then…. that when I would do good,…” ” For I delight in the law of God…” ” O wretched man that I am….” ” I thank God through Jesus Christ…. but with the flesh the law of sin.”
In this Romans chapter Seven;” I ” is a poor, weak, good for nothing, wretched creature in the presence of the holy law of God; whereas in Job chapter 29, “I” is the most important, influential personage, admired and almost worshiped by his fellows. Now, Job had to be stripped of all this; and we see how painful the process of stripping must have been. Yes, the very men who flattered him in the days of his prosperity, treat him with contempt in the days of his adversity.
Thus it is ever in this poor, false, and deceitful world. All must sooner or later, find the hollowness of the world – the fickleness of those who are ready to cry out “hosanna” today, and ” crucify Him” tomorrow. Man is not to be trusted. It is all very well while the sun shines; but wait until the nipping blasts of winter come, and then you will see how far nature’s fair promises can be trusted.
Friends, “It is much easier to trust when the sun is shining than when the storm is raging.”
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)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.