Job 17* Job appeals from man to God. (1-9) His hope is not in life,but in death. (10-16)1-9 Job reflects upon the harsh censures his friends had passedupon him, and, looking on himself as a dying man, he appeals toGod. Our time is ending. It concerns us carefully to redeem thedays of time, and to spend them in getting ready for eternity.We see the good use the righteous should make of Job'safflictions from God, from enemies, and from friends. Instead ofbeing discouraged in the service of God, by the hard usage thisfaithful servant of God met with, they should be made bold toproceed and persevere therein. Those who keep their eye uponheaven as their end, will keep their feet in the paths ofreligion as their way, whatever difficulties and discouragementsthey may meet with. 10-16 Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hopeof his return to a prosperous estate; he here shows that thosedo not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted, whofetch their comforts from the possibility of recovery in thisworld. It is our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, indistress, with that which will not fail; the promise of God, hislove and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. Seehow Job reconciles himself to the grave. Let this make believerswilling to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary, and itis time that they were in their beds. Why should not they gowillingly when their Father calls them? Let us remember ourbodies are allied to corruption, the worm and the dust; and letus seek for that lively hope which shall be fulfilled, when thehope of the wicked shall be put out in darkness; that when ourbodies are in the grave, our souls may enjoy the rest reservedfor the people of God.
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