Persistence Is Part Of His Sovereignty

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Hi M____,

Thanks for sharing with me these thoughts. They seem to be the anecdote to four different letters I have received in the past month from brothers and sisters who shared with me the feeling that God has forsaken them and is no longer working in their lives. It seems that all the exhortations of God’s Word are to no avail at this time, and while they completely agree with the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, they still struggle to accept that sovereignty. Job knew God was sovereign, he said so at the very beginning of his trial.

Job 2:10  But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

But this is chapter two and while Job had just been smitten with boils “from the sole of his feet to his crown”,  the mental and spiritual trials at the hand of his three comforters, are not yet even begun. Before it is all done, Job is accused by God Himself of “reproving and condemning God in order to make himself righteous.”

Job 40:1  Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2  Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job 40:3  Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 40:4  Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5  Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
Job 40:6  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Job really is all of us, and we all come to see this only after we have lived very outwardly exemplary lives which Job so eloquently describes in Job 29.

Job 29:14  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment [ was] as a robe and a diadem.
Job 29:15  I was eyes to the blind, and feet [ was] I to the lame.
Job 29:16  I [ was] a father to the poor: and the cause [ which] I knew not I searched out.
Job 29:17  And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

We cannot shortcut one word of the words that proceed out of the mouth of God, and this letter makes that clear while also acknowledging that God is, even in our failures, making progress toward that remade vessel which is molded perfectly by the Master Potter’s hand, and is then fired in the furnace of trials, to burn out all the imperfections and make a vessel that seems good to the Potter.

I pray that the Lord will continue to open up His word to you.
Your brother in Christ,

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