Job 13* Job reproves his friends. (1-12) He professes his confidencein God. (13-22) Job entreats to know his sins. (23-28)1-12 With self-preference, Job declared that he needed not tobe taught by them. Those who dispute are tempted to magnifythemselves, and lower their brethren, more than is fit. Whendismayed or distressed with the fear of wrath, the force oftemptation, or the weight of affliction, we should apply to thePhysician of our souls, who never rejects any, never prescribesamiss, and never leaves any case uncured. To Him we may speak atall times. To broken hearts and wounded consciences, allcreatures, without Christ, are physicians of no value. Jobevidently speaks with a very angry spirit against his friends.They had advanced some truths which nearly concerned Job, butthe heart unhumbled before God, never meekly receives thereproofs of men. 13-22 Job resolved to cleave to the testimony his ownconscience gave of his uprightness. He depended upon God forjustification and salvation, the two great things we hope forthrough Christ. Temporal salvation he little expected, but ofhis eternal salvation he was very confident; that God would notonly be his Saviour to make him happy, but his salvation, in thesight and enjoyment of whom he should be happy. He knew himselfnot to be a hypocrite, and concluded that he should not berejected. We should be well pleased with God as a Friend, evenwhen he seems against us as an enemy. We must believe that allshall work for good to us, even when all seems to make againstus. We must cleave to God, yea, though we cannot for the presentfind comfort in him. In a dying hour, we must derive from himliving comforts; and this is to trust in him, though he slay us. 23-28 Job begs to have his sins discovered to him. A truepenitent is willing to know the worst of himself; and we shouldall desire to know what our transgressions are, that we mayconfess them, and guard against them for the future. Jobcomplains sorrowfully of God's severe dealings with him. Timedoes not wear out the guilt of sin. When God writes bitterthings against us, his design is to make us bring forgotten sinsto mind, and so to bring us to repent of them, as to break usoff from them. Let young persons beware of indulging in sin.Even in this world they may so possess the sins of their youth,as to have months of sorrow for moments of pleasure. Theirwisdom is to remember their Creator in their early days, thatthey may have assured hope, and sweet peace of conscience, asthe solace of their declining years. Job also complains that hispresent mistakes are strictly noticed. So far from this, Goddeals not with us according to our deserts. This was thelanguage of Job's melancholy views. If God marks our steps, andnarrowly examines our paths, in judgment, both body and soulfeel his righteous vengeance. This will be the awful case ofunbelievers, yet there is salvation devised, provided, and madeknown in Christ.
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