Job 10* Job complains of his hardships. (1-7) He pleads with God ashis Maker. (8-13) He complains of God's severity. (14-22)1-7 Job, being weary of his life, resolves to complain, but hewill not charge God with unrighteousness. Here is a prayer thathe might be delivered from the sting of his afflictions, whichis sin. When God afflicts us, he contends with us; when hecontends with us, there is always a reason; and it is desirableto know the reason, that we may repent of and forsake the sinfor which God has a controversy with us. But when, like Job, wespeak in the bitterness of our souls, we increase guilt andvexation. Let us harbour no hard thoughts of God; we shallhereafter see there was no cause for them. Job is sure that Goddoes not discover things, nor judge of them, as men do;therefore he thinks it strange that God continues him underaffliction, as if he must take time to inquire into his sin. 8-13 Job seems to argue with God, as if he only formed andpreserved him for misery. God made us, not we ourselves. How sadthat those bodies should be instruments of unrighteousness,which are capable of being temples of the Holy Ghost! But thesoul is the life, the soul is the man, and this is the gift ofGod. If we plead with ourselves as an inducement to duty, Godmade me and maintains me, we may plead as an argument for mercy,Thou hast made me, do thou new-make me; I am thine, save me. 14-22 Job did not deny that as a sinner he deserved hissufferings; but he thought that justice was executed upon himwith peculiar rigour. His gloom, unbelief, and hard thoughts ofGod, were as much to be ascribed to Satan's inward temptations,and his anguish of soul, under the sense of God's displeasure,as to his outward trials, and remaining depravity. Our Creator,become in Christ our Redeemer also, will not destroy the work ofhis hands in any humble believer; but will renew him untoholiness, that he may enjoy eternal life. If anguish on earthrenders the grave a desirable refuge, what will be theircondition who are condemned to the blackness of darkness forever? Let every sinner seek deliverance from that dreadfulstate, and every believer be thankful to Jesus, who deliverethfrom the wrath to come.
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