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Job's Battle With Despair

Job's Battle With Despair

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REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

Job VI. 8, 9.

O that I might have My request, and that God
would grant me the thing that I long for If even
that it would please God to destroy me: — that he
would let loose his hand and Cut me off.
REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

Job VI. 8, 9.

O that I might have My request, and that God
would grant me the thing that I long for If even
that it would please God to destroy me: — that he
would let loose his hand and Cut me off.

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JOB'S BATTLE WITH DESPAIR REV. SAMUEL HORSFALLJob VI. 8, 9. O that I might have My request, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for If even that it would please God to destroy me: — that he would let loose his hand and Cut me off. In the most distressing afflictions that can happen to the children of men, we find real grief power-fully persuasive. The tenderest feelings of hu-manity being then painfully wounded, the labour-ing mind dictates the most pathetic language ; and our sensibility is affected by the recital of the genu-ine story of undissembled sorrow. There is in real grief certain emotions which cannot be feigned, and which irresistably attract our pity ; and the tears we shed, as flowing from the purest compas-sion, seldom fail to give consolation where they cannot relieve. 96 SERMON VII.
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The manifold afflictions of the patient Job hate suggested the most affecting sentiments that ever melted the sympathetic breast of man. Suffering every calamity from the loss of all his substance that poverty could inflict; and sustaining the de-privation of all his children at the same time; we feel our minds impressed v\^ith melancholy on read-ing the exclamations of his poignant woe: and led by every generous impulse, we are involuntarily disposed to pity his accumulated sorrows. In his answer to Eliphaz, the Temanite, who had been declaring to bim the happy end of God's correc-tion. Job shews his complaints are not groundless; and in the text he anxiously wishes for death, wherein he is assured of comfort, as there would then be a period to all his grievous afflictions; " O that I might have my request, and that God ** would grant me the thing that I long for! — even *^ that it would please God to destroy me >-— that he *^ w^ould let loose his hand and cut me off!" Death indeed is the termination of the sufferings of human nature, and therefore as such it is desira-ble to the man in affliction. In Job, we perceive.
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SERMON VIL 97 a wish for it may be innocently indulged, for doubtless it is natural to pray for an event which alone can put a period to our sorrows, when hope cannot afford sufficient grounds for their being ter-minated by any other means. Nor do the lamenta-tions of grief, nor the wish for death, indicate de-spair, or imply a doubt of the goodness of God, only when carried to excess, and the means to arouse ourselves from the midst of sufferings are in our power; they then become criminal, as they evince an impatience inconsistent with the chris-tian duty of resignation. It is natural for the afflicted to suppose their own sorrows are justifiable, on the ground of the extraordinary degree of their calamity; and in-deed some afflictions are so truly lamentable, as to defy the power of friendly consolation, as in the case of Job, whose complicated distresses, brought on by a sad train of rapid and unforeseen events, ought to have inspired commiseration in his offi-cious friends, instead of the harshness of unfeeling
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