Job 23* Job complains that God has withdrawn. (1-7) He asserts his ownintegrity. (8-12) The Divine terrors. (13-17)1-7 Job appeals from his friends to the just judgement of God.He wants to have his cause tried quickly. Blessed be God, we mayknow where to find him. He is in Christ, reconciling the worldunto himself; and upon a mercy-seat, waiting to be gracious.Thither the sinner may go; and there the believer may order hiscause before Him, with arguments taken from his promises, hiscovenant, and his glory. A patient waiting for death andjudgment is our wisdom and duty, and it cannot be without a holyfear and trembling. A passionate wishing for death or judgementis our sin and folly, and ill becomes us, as it did Job. 8-12 Job knew that the Lord was every where present; but hismind was in such confusion, that he could get no fixed view ofGod's merciful presence, so as to find comfort by spreading hiscase before him. His views were all gloomy. God seemed to standat a distance, and frown upon him. Yet Job expressed hisassurance that he should be brought forth, tried, and approved,for he had obeyed the precepts of God. He had relished anddelighted in the truths and commandments of God. Here we shouldnotice that Job justified himself rather than God, or inopposition to him, ch. #32:2|. Job might feel that he was clearfrom the charges of his friends, but boldly to assert that,though visited by the hand of God, it was not a chastisement ofsin, was his error. And he is guilty of a second, when he deniesthat there are dealings of Providence with men in this presentlife, wherein the injured find redress, and the evil are visitedfor their sins. 13-17 As Job does not once question but that his trials arefrom the hand of God, and that there is no such thing as chance,how does he account for them? The principle on which he viewsthem is, that the hope and reward of the faithful servants ofGod are only laid up in another life; and he maintains that itis plain to all, that the wicked are not treated according totheir deserts in this life, but often directly the reverse. Butthough the obtaining of mercy, the first-fruits of the Spirit ofgrace, pledges a God, who will certainly finish the work whichhe has began; yet the afflicted believer is not to conclude thatall prayer and entreaty will be in vain, and that he should sinkinto despair, and faint when he is reproved of Him. He cannottell but the intention of God in afflicting him may be toproduce penitence and prayer in his heart. May we learn to obeyand trust the Lord, even in tribulation; to live or die as hepleases: we know not for what good ends our lives may beshortened or prolonged.
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