Friday, February 12, 2016

"O that I knew where I might find him!"

"O that I knew where I might find him!" 
- Job 23:3

In Job's uttermost extremity he cried after the Lord. 
The longing desire of an afflicted child of God is once more to see his Father's face.

 His first prayer is not "O that I might be healed of the disease which now festers in every part of my body!"
 nor even "O that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, 
and my property once more brought from the hand of the spoiler!" 
but the first and uppermost cry is, 
"O that I knew where I might find HIM, 
who is my God! that I might come even to his seat!"
 God's children run home when the storm comes on. 

It is the heaven-born instinct of a gracious soul to seek shelter from all ills beneath the wings of Jehovah. 
"He that hath made his refuge God," 
might serve as the title of a true believer. 

A hypocrite, when afflicted by God, 
resents the infliction, and, like a slave, 
would run from the Master who has scourged him;
 but not so the true heir of heaven, 
he kisses the hand which smote him, 
and seeks shelter from the rod in the bosom of the God who frowned upon him. 

Job's desire to commune with God was intensified by the failure of all other sources of consolation. 
The patriarch turned away from his sorry friends, 
and looked up to the celestial throne, 
just as a traveller turns from his empty skin bottle, 
and betakes himself with all speed to the well.

 He bids farewell to earth-born hopes, and cries, 
"O that I knew where I might find my God!" 
Nothing teaches us so much the preciousness of the Creator, 
as when we learn the emptiness of all besides. 

Turning away with bitter scorn from earth's hives, where we find no honey, but many sharp stings, we rejoice in him whose faithful word is sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. 

In every trouble we should first seek to realize God's presence with us. 
Only let us enjoy his smile, and we can bear our daily cross with a willing heart for his dear sake. 

 If you are NOT a believer in Jesus Christ,
 you can be accepted into his kingdom.
 I invite you to let him to make of you,
what He always wanted.

 Marvelous God Almighty,
 I come to you in the precious name of Jesus,
 who died for me to make me free of sin,
 I want Jesus to enter into my heart and make me free,
 I confess that He is the son of God.
 I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand 
your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value,
 not only to live on this earth,
 but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask.

  <(((><    ><)))> ♥ 

 “The true minister of Christ knows
that the true value of a sermon must lie,
 not in its fashion and manner,
 but in the truth which it contains.
~ C. H. Spurgeon ~ 
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 Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.
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