Job 9* Job acknowledges God's justice. (1-13) He is not able tocontend with God. (14-21) Men not to be judged by outwardcondition. (22-24) Job complains of troubles. (25-35)1-13 In this answer Job declared that he did not doubt thejustice of God, when he denied himself to be a hypocrite; forhow should man be just with God? Before him he pleaded guilty ofsins more than could be counted; and if God should contend withhim in judgment, he could not justify one out of a thousand, ofall the thoughts, words, and actions of his life; therefore hedeserved worse than all his present sufferings. When Jobmentions the wisdom and power of God, he forgets his complaints.We are unfit to judge of God's proceedings, because we know notwhat he does, or what he designs. God acts with power which nocreature can resist. Those who think they have strength enoughto help others, will not be able to help themselves against it. 14-21 Job is still righteous in his own eyes, ch. #32:1|, andthis answer, though it sets forth the power and majesty of God,implies that the question between the afflicted and the Lord ofprovidence, is a question of might, and not of right; and webegin to discover the evil fruits of pride and of aself-righteous spirit. Job begins to manifest a disposition tocondemn God, that he may justify himself, for which he isafterwards reproved. Still Job knew so much of himself, that hedurst not stand a trial. If we say, We have no sin, we not onlydeceive ourselves, but we affront God; for we sin in saying so,and give the lie to the Scripture. But Job reflected on God'sgoodness and justice in saying his affliction was without cause. 22-24 Job touches briefly upon the main point now in dispute.His friends maintained that those who are righteous and good,always prosper in this world, and that none but the wicked arein misery and distress: he said, on the contrary, that it is acommon thing for the wicked to prosper, and the righteous to begreatly afflicted. Yet there is too much passion in what Jobhere says, for God doth not afflict willingly. When the spiritis heated with dispute or with discontent, we have need to set awatch before our lips. 25-35 What little need have we of pastimes, and what great needto redeem time, when it runs on so fast towards eternity! Howvain the enjoyments of time, which we may quite lose while yettime continues! The remembrance of having done our duty will bepleasing afterwards; so will not the remembrance of having gotworldly wealth, when it is all lost and gone. Job's complaint ofGod, as one that could not be appeased and would not relent, wasthe language of his corruption. There is a Mediator, a Daysman,or Umpire, for us, even God's own beloved Son, who has purchasedpeace for us with the blood of his cross, who is able to save tothe uttermost all who come unto God through him. If we trust inhis name, our sins will be buried in the depths of the sea, weshall be washed from all our filthiness, and made whiter thansnow, so that none can lay any thing to our charge. We shall beclothed with the robes of righteousness and salvation, adornedwith the graces of the Holy Spirit, and presented faultlessbefore the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May welearn the difference between justifying ourselves, and beingthus justified by God himself. Let the tempest-tossed soulconsider Job, and notice that others have passed this dreadfulgulf; and though they found it hard to believe that God wouldhear or deliver them, yet he rebuked the storm, and brought themto the desired haven. Resist the devil; give not place to hardthoughts of God, or desperate conclusions about thyself. Come toHim who invites the weary and heavy laden; who promises innowise to cast them out.
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