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June 5 Today’s Reading: Job 8-11
“My soul is weary of my life!”
Poor Job! What mere mortal has known such trials as those wherewith he was afflicted? The Lord God had, by the instrumentality of Satan’s hellish cruelty, taken away all his family, all his wealth, his health and his reputation of high esteem. Added to that are these three friends who became his tormenters. Both Eliphaz and Bildad groundlessly accused God’s servant of hypocrisy. Satan used Job’s friends to try to expose Job as the hypocrite he accused him of being.
Then Zophar spoke. Of Job’s three friends, he seems to have been the most cruel. Eliphaz and Bildad had, in some measure, softened their speech. Zophar called Job a hypocrite and a liar, and accused him of mocking God. Let us ever be aware of this fact. — When other devices fail, Satan makes even our friends a snare for our souls. Our Lord Jesus tells us plainly that a man’s foes are those of his own house (Matthew 10:26); and here we see that friends are sometimes our foes.
Again, Bildad gives words of instruction that declare the truth of God as clearly as any inspired apostle, though he spoke for the purpose of condemning one who was just. He asked, “Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?” Then he declared, “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man.”
Truly, he who is God is both “a just God and a Savior.” Nowhere is this seen so clearly as it is seen in the sacrifice of his darling Son as our Substitute. God will not save at the expense of his justice. Therefore he sent his own dear Son to Calvary to die in the place of his elect, to declare his righteousness, that he might be both just and the Justifier of his people (Romans 3:24-26). Because the Almighty cannot and will not pervert judgment and justice, because he will not cast away a perfect man, before he could impute sin to the holy Lord Jesus, the Lord God “made him sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
What stupendous grace, what wondrous mystery these words contain I cannot tell you. — “He,” God the Father, — “hath,” in holy justice and infinite mercy, — “made,” to become, created, — “Him,” the Lord Jesus Christ, his infinite, well-beloved, only begotten, immaculate Son, — “sin,” an awful mass of iniquity, — “for us,” helpless, condemned, sinful rebels!
Should any ask, “Why was the Holy One made sin? Why did Christ have to die? The answer is this: God is just. — “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift!” Job asked, “How can a man be just with God?” No other answer can be given, but this. — “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Comfort for the Weary
Job was but a man, like you and me, a man struggling with his flesh, tormented by his miserable comforters, tempted by Satan, and afflicted by his heavenly Father. Much weakness may be seen in this poor, weary soul. His sins are not hidden from us. Yet, Job was God’s. He believed God and loved him. He knew, contrary to his friend’s accusations, that he was a sinful man, and frankly confessed that fact. — “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.” Those are not the words of a self-righteous man, but the words of a humbled, broken sinner whose only hope is Christ.
Yet, Job was weary with his trials, weary with the woes heaped upon him by God’s providence, so he turned to the Lord and pleaded for comfort (Job 10:20). Though full of confusion (Job 10:15), he knew that he was the object of divine favor. Though greatly afflicted, he found comfort in the fact that God who tried him was God his Preserver. He said, “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit” (Job 10:12).
How sweet it is for God’s elect to know that in the midst of a thousand afflictions there is no curse! Our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, our Beloved, took all the curse away when he was made a curse for us! What a sweet, soul-reviving, soul-comforting thought for God’s weary ones!
Blessed, dearest Redeemer, you took the cup of trembling and drank it all, that your people might drink the cup of salvation, all of it! Receive now our thanks and praise; and give us grace, though we may at times be weary with our lives in this world, never to forget you. — “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit!” Amen.