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The Source and Remedy of Desponding Fears.

The Source and Remedy of Desponding Fears.

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Job XXXV. 14. jilt hough thou say est thou shalt not see him,
yet judgment is before him : therefore trust thou in him.

Job XXXV. 14. jilt hough thou say est thou shalt not see him,
yet judgment is before him : therefore trust thou in him.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 20, 2014
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THE SOURCE AD REMEDY OF DESPODIG FEARS.BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Job XXXV. 14. jilt hough thou say est thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him : therefore trust thou in him. I controversy there is need of the utmost can- dour; nor without it can we ever hope for a fa- vourable issue. The friends of Job were grievously- defective in it; and therefore utterly failed, either to convince him, or to be convinced themselves. But Elihu, who was an attentive auditor of the dispute, and who, on account of his youth,judged it indecorous to offer his sentiments till he saw that his elders were silenced, took up the matter with incomparably better temper and judgment, and, instead of bringing railing and unfounded accusations as the others had done, called Job's attention to many expressions he had 490 JOB, XXXV. 14. [327. had used, and endeavoured to convince him out of his own mouth. This was wise, and well adapted to the end proposed : and it is observable, that when God reproved the manner in which the other three had conducted the controversy, he said nothing to the disparagement of Eiihu, nor required any sacri- fice on his account. It is certain that Job, though far from being a hypocrite, as his friends had represented him, had not always spoken quite advisedly with his lips. His self-justification had been occasionally too strong,
and his complaints of God's conduct towards him somewhat irreverent : he had yielded also too much to despondency. He had complained that he could not understand God's dealings with him, and that he had no hope or prospect of deliverance from his troubles\ This is noticed by Elihu in the words before us ; and the proper remedy for such desponding fears is pointed out to him : " although thou sayest thou shalt not see God, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him ;" that is. Place in God that confidence he deserves ; and all will yet be well. From the words thus explained we shall be led to consider, I. The source of desponding fears — There is far more of despondency in men than is . generally supposed : perhaps it is, as much as any other thing whatever, a ground of their continuing impenitent in their sins. The ostensible ground of men's fears is usually a sense of the extreme difficulty of their case — [Thus it was with I^ael at the Red Sea, at the waters of Marah, at the borders of Canaan also, when the spies represented the cities as impregnable, and the inhabitants as irresistible. Thus it was even with the pious Ilezekiah, when liis sickness appeared to be unto death"": and thus it is with multitudes amongst our- selves, who imagine that their circumstances are so calamitous, as to l)e bevoud the reach of any remedy. More particularly is this the case witli persons under spiritual trouble : they are apt to imagine, that their sins are unpardonal)le, and that their cor- ruptions arc too inveterate' ever to be subdued ] The ¦ Ch. xxiii. 8, 9. " Is;ii. xxxvlii. 10— J3.
327.] SOURCE AD REMEDY OF DESPODIG FEARS. 491 The real ground is a low apprehension of the per- fections of their God — [This is the interpretation which God himself puts on the unbelieving fears of his people. When Sarah laughed at the promise made to her, the answer was, " Is there any thing too hard for the Lord r" and the complaint of God against the un- believing Israelites was, that " they limited the Holy One of Is- rael." In fact, a just view of God's perfections would silence all fears : for if his wisdom, his power, his love, his faithfulness be really infinite, we have nothing to do, but to repose our con- ifidence in him, and we are safe ] But it is a small thing to know the source of de- sponding fears, unless we apply, II. The remedy — This is prescribed in the words of our text: 1. Contemplate God — [What we are to understand by that expression, " Judgment is before him," may be ascertained by consulting a similar pas- sage in the prophet Isaiah •*. He will do nothing but what is right and good ; nor will he omit any thing which it becomes him to do. Cojuider what he has done in a way of power and grace and is he not the same God as ever ? Consider what he has engaged to do : is there any thing that we can need, which is not made over to us by an express pro- mise ? Has he not said, that " his grace shall be sufficient for us ;" that " we shall have no temptation without a way to escape ;'* that " as our day is, so shall our strength be ;" that " he will give grace and glory, and withhold no good thing" from his be-

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