(Showing Hypocrites to be the prime objects of God’s wrath—and the grounds of it—with the special lessons that we are to learn from it. Expressed in a sermon preached before the Parliament of England; upon their last thanksgiving day, being the 8th of October 1650, for that recent great victory which the Lord Almighty gave our army over Scotland’s army in a battle at Dunbar on September 3, 1650. By Thomas Brooks, a weak and unworthy teacher of the Gospel.)
The wheel of providence runs swiftly, and one glorious providence does but make way for another; which should heighten our hopes, and strengthen our faith, and raise up our souls to lay out all that we have received from God, for the helping forward the design of God. Worthy Senators, never had any men on earth such glorious advantages and opportunities to act high for God and his saints, as you have. Ah, how many are there now triumphing in heaven, who, when they were on earth, would have thought it a heaven to have enjoyed the least of those advantages and opportunities which you enjoy, so that they might have put out themselves for God and his people to the uttermost! Ah, sirs, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” Eccles. 9:10. Your time is short, your task is great, your Master is urgent, and your reward is sure. The devil makes all the haste he can to outwork the children of light—in a speedy dispatch of deeds of darkness, because he knows his time is short. He will not let slip any opportunity whereby he may do mischief. Oh may you not let slip any opportunity wherein you may honor a good God, and be serviceable to your generation.
Job reminds us all that we have the right to cleave to our testimony especially when our conscience backs up who we are. Job depended completely on God for justification and for salvation – the two most important things we hope for and comes to us through Jesus Christ. Temporal salvation was not high on his expectations, but eternal salvation was his confidence. He knew he was not a hypocrite and knew that he should not be rejected as one. God was his Friend even though at the moment He appeared to be his Enemy. This is where the words come to us that we must believe that all things work together for our good, even when all seems to be against us. It is our time to cleave to God even though at the very moment comfort cannot be found in Him. We need to trust Him.
This is where Job excels above his friends – he does trust God unreservedly, in spite of the circumstances. God Himself is the sinner’s hope.
This is the hope that those who reject God, in all of their narrowness and parochialism, have lost long ago.
I only shared the verse of hope below but maybe I should share verse fifteen as well —
“Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope; yet I will defend my ways to his face.”
Job is determined to defend himself and that expression of hope is so powerful in verse sixteen.
This will be my salvation, that a godless man shall not come before him. – Job 13:16