One of the saddest features of Protestant Christendom today is the wide breakdown in teaching the Word. Instead of constructive indoctrination, in thousands of our denominational churches there is a meagre fifteen or twenty minute discourse on some moral or social or other topic of current interest. This is no petty criticism on our part, but a sincere complaint with a sob in it. The breakdown in sound teaching of the Bible leaves our people the easier prey of error, and in recent years hundreds of thousands have been beguiled away by specious counterfeits. The call to each of us is to so know our Bible that we can ‘instruct’ others. Despite rebuffs from ‘them that oppose,’ our words will be used of the Holy Spirit to ‘recover’ others from Satan’s snare…Those who best know their New Testament are least prone to these new heresies. All of us who know the truth of Salvation according to the New Testament should take pains to ‘instruct,’ as opportunity allows, those who are ensnared.
– Awake My Heart: Daily Devotional Meditations For The Year, J. Sidlow Baxter, pg. 330, commenting on 2 Timothy 2:22-26.
What a word! Are you sobbing over the theological and doctrinal famine sweeping through our churches? Do you know the Bible? Are you taking pains to teach others what it says? The means and only means of rescuing those ensnared and deceived by counterfeit doctrine is sound instruction of the Word (see 2 Timothy 2:22-26)!
Satan is anything but inept at his work. He does not attack Job in stages allowing Job time to recover after each attack. Instantaneously, Satan destroyed all that Job and his wife possessed. Their pain was excruciating; their loss, unimaginable. Yet Job responds with one of the greatest statements of faith in all of Scripture:
- “‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised (Job 1:21).'”
Job recognizes that God gave him everything and that He was the source of all his blessing. He came into this world with nothing, and he would leave this world with nothing. Anything acquired during his life was by God’s blessing alone. Certainly, he was in great agony yet he acknowledged God’s goodness even in tragedy. Job’s thankfulness characterized his trust and reliance upon the Lord.
Later Job will gives us another gem of faith in response to his wife’s lapse of faith:
- “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble (Job 2:10)?”
Job’s faith was not a fair weathered faith. He relied on God in good times and in bad times. His was a faith that endures to the end.
May God grant to each of us a faith like this that accepts what God wills as what is best. When He wills sickness, sickness is better than health When He wills weakness, weakness is better than strength. When He wills reproach, reproach is better than honor. When He wills poverty, poverty is better than wealth. When He wills persecution, persecution is better than peace. When He wills valleys, valleys are better than mountaintops. When He wills death, death is better than life. Do we struggle to believe and accept this? We must pray.