January 15  

Job 32, Matthew 11:2-24

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"… then He is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom." Job xxxiii. 24

God deals with convinced sinners in a way of grace. Every word here is weighty. "Then He is gracious unto him." Mark the time—then! God is gracious to a man when, Christ having come to him as a Messenger and an Interpreter, he is led to discern his own sin and God's uprightness. When he is humble, then God shows Himself to be gracious. No debts are pronounced forgiven by the Great Master of all till they are owned, and no release from the pains of bankruptcy are granted until we feel that we have nought with which to pay. When a soul pleads total insolvency and is truly penniless, then there is free forgiveness. When men admit the justice of God if He should punish them, then, not till then, mercy comes in and the punishment is put away. It is not consistent with the holiness of God to pardon a sinner while he denies his guilt, or invents excuses to palliate his crimes; nor is it reasonable for a sinner to expect remission while he vaunts his self-righteousness. How shall the hardness of a man's heart move the compassion of his judge? Come, poor soul, fall on thy knees, confess that God is upright, and then He will be gracious to thee.  (C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of the Old Testament, Vol. 2, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), p. 294) 

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