January 12

Job 22, Matthew 9:9-34

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage: 

"Oh, that I knew where I might find Him!" (Job xxiii.3)

God sometimes delayeth manifesting His forgiving mercy to men, in order that they may find out some secret sin. There is something hidden in their hearts of which they do not know. They come to God confessing their sins, and they think they have made a clean breast of all their transgressions. "Nay," saith God, "I will not give you pardon yet, or I will not at present apply it to your conscience; there is a secret sin you have not yet discovered"; and He sets the heart to examine itself again,—as Jerusalem is searched with candles,—and, lo! There is some iniquity dragged out from the corner in which it was hidden. Conscience says, "I never knew of this sin before; I never felt it to be a sin; Lord, I repent of it; wilt Thou not forgive me?" "Ah!" saith the mighty Maker, "now I have proved thee, and tried thee, and cast out this dross, I will speak to thee the word of consolation and comfort." Art thou, then, a mourner, seeking rest and not finding it? I beseech thee, look into thine heart once more. Perhaps there is some hidden lust there, some secret sin; if so, turn the traitor out. Then will the Holy Spirit come and dwell in thy soul, and give unto thee "the peace of God which passeth all understanding." (C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of the Old Testament, Vol. 2, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), p. 271) 

  Follow JohnAnkerberg on Twitter  

The John Ankerberg Show | P.O. Box 8977 | Chattanooga, TN 37414 USA
(423) 892-7722 | For credit card orders only:
1-800-805-3030