Standing Tall in the Lord
Category : General
Job 2: 3 (KJV)
3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
It is noted that “The sum and substance of the moral law, as Christ set it forth, is truth and love. Only a few men are, in the highest sense, men of principle. A man of principle is one of the noblest works of God. He has learned the sacredness of eternity, the awful axiomatic certainty of law.”
It is also noted, Constancy in piety, notwithstanding the sharp temptations of an afflicted condition, is a singular commendation in God’s esteem; for hereby Job so acquits himself that the old characters of his piety are not sufficient without this new addition to his commendation (1 Peter 1:7). And the reason of this is insinuated in the word “holding fast,” which in the original imports a retaining and holding of a thing firmly and with our whole strength, because of difficulties and opposition; as the traveler keeps his garment on a windy day.
Friends, Satan in all his temptations plants his best battery against sincerity to God. Satan did not care at all to pull Job’s oxen from him, or his sheep from him, or his children from him, but to pull his grace from him; therefore, it is said, Job held that fast, notwithstanding all his trials and tribulations, and the malicious suggestion to the contrary, he hold fast his integrity, i.e. he continues to be the same perfect and upright man which he was before. All the endeavors to pull away his integrity have made him only to hold it the faster.
Satan is an earnest and importunate solicitor against the people and Church of God. He is always against the people of God. And he would love nothing more than to see God afflict His people because their sins. Therefore, we see the expression ‘thou didst move Me against him without cause!” however, we notice God will at the last give testimony for the clearing of the innocence of His servants against all Satan’s malicious accusations.
Albeit it be no small difficulty to stand fast, and to continue straight and upright in sharp trials, yet the truly sincere are, by the grace of God, able to do it, and to abide never so many and sharp assaults. Even weak grace, supported by God, is a party too hard for all opposition. Whatever it be in religion wherewith men please themselves, yet nothing please God better than sincerity and uprightness when it is persevered in under affliction, and in a trying condition. Let this remind us that as God is especially pleased with men’s sincerity of faith in Him.
Have a great and godly day!