January 9 

Job 15, Matthew 7:1-23

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

The Final Perseverance of the Saints

"The righteous also shall hold on his way." Job xvii. 9.

The man who is righteous before God has a way of his own.  It is not the way of the flesh, nor the way of the world; it is a way marked out for him by the divine command, in which he walks by faith.  It is the King's highway of holiness, the unclean shall not pass over it: only the ransomed of the Lord shall walk there, and these shall find it a path of separation from the world.  Once entered upon the way of life, the pilgrim must persevere in it or perish, for thus saith the Lord, "If any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him." Perseverance in the path of faith and holiness is a necessity of the Christian, for only "he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved." …

Now, the declaration of the text is that the truly righteous man shall hold on his way; he shall not go back, he shall not leap the hedges and wander to the right hand or the left, he shall not lie down in idleness, neither shall he faint and cease to go upon his journey; but he "shall hold on his way."  It will frequently be very difficult him to do so, but he will have such resolution, such power of inward grace given him, that he will "hold on his way," with stern determination, as though he held on by his teeth, resolving never to let go.   Perhaps he may not always travel with equal speed; it is not said that he shall hold on his pace, but he shall hold on his way.  There are times when we run and are not weary, and anon when we walk and are thankful that we do not faint; aye, and there are periods when we are glad to go on all fours and creep upward with pain; but still we prove that "the righteous shall hold on his way."  Under all difficulties the face of the man whom God has justified is steadfastly set towards Jerusalem; nor will he turn aside till his eyes shall see the King in His beauty. (C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of the Old Testament, Vol. 2, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), p. 253) 

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