Friday, April 22, 2011

Reading through Job...

The JobAs I mentioned about a week ago I've now reached Job in my Matthew Henry reading. So far I would have to say Genesis and Ruth have been my favorites to go through, but am thinking Job is going to be up there with them. There are so many good thoughts on this book, so much I can relate to....my copy is getting very marked up! Below I shared some of what is underlined in my commentary....

 

"The children of God are often in heaviness through manifold temptations; deep calls to deep; waves and billows come one upon the neck of another. Let one affliction therefore quicken and help us to prepare for another; for, how deep soever we have drunk of the bitter cup, as long as we are in this world we cannot be sure that we have drunk our share and that it will finally pass from us."

 

‎"Afflictions must not divert us from, but quicken us to, the exercises of religion. Weeping must not hinder sowing, nor hinder worshiping. He eyed not only the hand of God, but the name of God, in his afflictions, and gave glory to that: Blessed be the name of the Lord. He has still the same great and good thoughts of God that ever he had, and is as forward as ever to speak them forth to his praise; he can find in his heart to bless God even when he takes away as well as when he gives."

 

"Those who not only keep their temper under crosses and provocations, but keep up good thoughts of God and sweet communion with him, whether their praise be of men or no, it will be of God, as Job's here was."

 

‎"He adores God even in taking away, and gives him honor by a willing submission; nay, he gives him thanks for good designed him by his afflictions, for gracious supports under his afflictions, and the believing hopes he had of a happy issue at last."

 

"Much of the comfort of this life lies in acquaintance and friendship with those that are prudent and virtuous; and he that has a few such friends ought to value them highly."

 

‎"There the weary are at rest. Heaven is more than a rest to the souls of the saints, but the grave is a rest to their bodies. Their pilgrimage is a weary pilgrimage; sin and the world they are weary of; their services, sufferings, and expectations, they are wearied with; but in the grave they rest from all their labors....They are easy there, and make no complaints; there believers sleep in Jesus. Those that were here enslaved are there at liberty. Death is the prisoner's discharge, the relief of the oppressed, and the servant's manumission."

 

"Lord, when and how thou pleasest;"...Grace teaches us, in the midst of life's greatest comforts, to be willing to die, and, in the midst of its greatest crosses, to be willing to live."

 

"Compassion is a debt owing to those that are in affliction. The least which those that are at ease can do for those that are pained and in anguish is to pity them,—to manifest the sincerity of a tender concern for them, and to sympathize with them,—to take cognizance of their case, enquire into their grievances, hear their complaints, and mingle their tears with theirs,—to comfort them, and to do all they can to help and relieve them: this well becomes the members of the same body, who should feel for the grievances of their fellow-members, not knowing how soon the same may be their own.  Inhumanity is impiety and irreligion. He that withholds compassion from his friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty."


"When a man is afflicted he will see who are his friends indeed and who are but pretenders."

 

‎"These wearisome nights were appointed to him. God, who determines the times before appointed, had allotted him such nights as these. Whatever is at any time grievous to us, it is good to see it appointed for us, that we may acquiesce in the event, not only as unavoidable because appointed, but as therefore designed for some holy end." 

 

"If men will not hear us, God will; if men cannot help us, he can; for his arm is not shortened, neither is his ear heavy."



2 comments:

  1. There are indeed, many blessings that come through adversity: compassion on others; empathy may result; desire to reach out and serve; growth; learning; being humbled and compelled to seek a stronger relationship with the Savior; increased faith in the Lord, and a desire to have Him more fully in our lives... (your last sentence made that one clear! ;)

    Very fitting this time of year. For we all have adversities, and they should bring us joy in the end as they refine us and bring us to Jesus Christ. Thank you! :D
    Corine :D

    PS I love that you have Luke 1:38 on your sidebar. You may enjoy reading my profile on my sidebar, as well. :)

    Happy Easter! :D

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  2. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. What you said about affliction teaching empathy and compassion is so true...it can help us to know what to say to others who are struggling too if we've been there. Most of all it brings us closer to Christ, making me realize He is the only one I can fully depend on and knowing that he is good.
    I love that verse from Luke, wish my heart always felt that way!
    Have a blessed evening.
    Stefanie

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