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Comfort of the Upright in Afflictions

Comfort of the Upright in Afflictions

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Job xxiii. 10. He knoweth tlie way that I take : when he hath
tried me, I shall come forth as gold,
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Job xxiii. 10. He knoweth tlie way that I take : when he hath
tried me, I shall come forth as gold,

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COMFORT OF THE UPRIGHT I AFFLICTIOSBY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Job xxiii. 10. He knoweth tlie way that I take : when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold, THE superior happiness of the godly above that of the ungodly is not so manifest in a season of pro- sperity as under circumstances of deep affliction. The world can rejoice in their portion as long as their pleasures are uninterrupted by bitter reflec- tions or painful dispensations : but in trouble they have no refuge. The righteous, on the contrary, have less of thoughtless gaiety ; but in time of trou- ble they find abundant consolations. o man was ever beset with a greater complication of trials than Job; all of which were beyond measure heightened by the uncharitable censures of his friends : but still he found an inward support by reflecting upon, I. His conscious integrity — It is characteristic of God's children, that they are all upright before God — [As there is a very considerable difference in the attainments of different men with respect to bodily strength and intellectual powers, notwithstanding all possess the same members and enjoy the same faculties, so is there with respect to piety also, notv\ith- standing all are upright in heart. From the very instant that a person is converted to God, he must of necessity hate sin, and long after a conformity to God's image: he cannot commit sin''; he must be, according to the measure of grace given him, '* an Israelite indeed, and without allowed guile." or does humi- lity recjuire us to confess ourselves hypocrites (wilful hypocrites, I mean) when God has quickened us bv his spirit ; for it is not humility, but ingratitude and falsehood, to deny the work which
 
God has wrought in us. Many of God's most eminent saints have spoken of their own integrity and rejoiced in it, and even pleaded it before God'*. And we also, by " proving every one of us our own work, may have rejoicing in ourselves, and not in another*^.] A consciousness of their own integrity is a rich source of consolation to them in a trying hour — [There are times and seasons when almost all the other springs • I John iii. g. " Ps, xvii. 2. 2 Kin. xx. 3. * Gal. vi. 4. 318.] COMFORT OF THi; UPRIGHT I AFFLICTIO, 44>? springs of comfort seem dried up : sometimes it may be painful even to reflect upon God<^. Job acknowledges in the context, that God's " presence was a trouble to him :" but knowing that God was ac(|uainted with his heart, he could yet appeal to him respecting his own integrity : and from this source he derived a pleasing satisfaction, an encouraging hope. 8t. Paul, under a daily and hourly expectation of martyrdom, experienced much  joy in the same thought*: nor shall we find it a ^mall consolation to us, under any trials we nray be called to endure.] But Job found a yet further consolation in reflect- ing upon, II. The expected issue of his trials — Though he was at present in as hot a furnace as he could possibly endure, yet he believed that he was put into it by a skilful Refiner, for the purifying of his soul from dross — [They who are truly upright, learn to view the hand of God both in their comforts and their troubles : they know that
 
affliction conies not by chance, but from the hand of Him who directs every thing with consummate wisdom. The ungodly look no further than to second causes ; and therefore yield to murmuring and impatience whenever thev receive evil from the hand of their fellow-creatures : but the godly are persuaded that their portion, whatever it be, is mixed for them by God himself, and that it is intended " to purge away their inicjuity," that they may be partakers of his holiness ^ This was evidently the view which Job had of troubles, notwithstanding they sprang from such various sources.] An expectation of the benefit reconciled him to the means used for his good— [o one can love trouble on its own account ; since it Is ** never joyous, but grievous." But sauctificalion is the highest wish of the upright soul : it is regarded as a pearl that cannot be purchased at too high a j)rice. Trials, however painful, are wel- comed, if they may but be the means of" promoting this blessed end. Many have even dreaded the removal of them, lest with them thev should lose also the benefits flowing from them. And, if we could have viewed the afflictions of Job in their true light, we should have preferred his condition when upon the dunghill far before that of his censorious friends. He was enabled to look forward to the end j and the event fully justified his expec- tations.] Address — * Ps. Ixxvii. 3. * 2 Cor. i. 8—12. [ Ps, xxxix, 9. Isai. xxvii. 9. Heb. xii. 10.

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