Let us be faithful

Job 23:10,12

Let me speak to you about a faithful life, and its course. First, It is a course of conduct.

Job speaks of his foot holding “My foot hath held his step,” (v. 11).

Job is reviewing his actions in his life in this chapter.

It would have been of little use for him to have vindicated his faith and his belief if his conduct had been faithless.

The most important question is as to how a person lives, not as to what he thinks or he feels. ”Be sober, be vigilant,” (I. Pt. 5: 8).

Secondly, a faithful life, is a continuous course. Faithfulness is a way of life, and Job had learn to keep it. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith, prove your own selves, know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you,except ye be reprobates” (II. Cor. 13:  5).

A transitory spasm of virtue will not satisfy the requirements of the Divine law “but when the young man heard that saying he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Mt. 19: 22).

Thirdly, a faithful life, is a divine course. God’s way is call the highway of holiness. It is easy to persist in one’s own way. Ever man is right in his own eyes according to the Scripture.

The difficulty is to leave that and accept and follow faithfully in God’s way. Jesus said to his disciples in (Mt. 4: 19) “Follow me, and I will make you fishes of men.”

God has marked out the course of service for all of his people, and the plain duty is to find it and follow it. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Mt. 7: 7).

The apostle Paul was called to be an apostle to the gentles according to (Acts 9: 15) “Go thy way for he is a chose vessel, unto me, to bear my name before the gentiles,and kings, and the children of Israel.”

Fourthly, A faithful Christian life can become a strenuous course at times. It is not always easy to keep God’s way at times.

The way is narrow according to (Mt. 7: 13, 14) and temptation urge us to forsake it for other paths or for the broad way.

The Christian life is a course of self denial. But the way leads us into eternal life “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, Let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mt. 16: 24).

It is a mistake to suppose that the Christian life is necessarily a growth and a progress. We are to study to show our self a workman that needeth not to be a shamed rightly dividing the Word of God (II. Tim. 2: 5).

We may have done well in the pass, and yet have been hindered later on in life. The apostle said to the Galatians “Ye did run well, who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth” (Gal. 5: 7).

To be a true Christian we must be ever watchful, earnest, active in pressing forward toward the mark and high calling of God.

Let us look at a faithful life, and its inspiration. How is it possible to be faithful? keeping continuously to God’s path by the guidance of revelations.

Job had been following God’s law. None of us can follow God’s path without the aid of light from heaven.

Instinct and conscience are our natural guides, but instinct is blind, and conscience has been in many cases twisted. Therefore God has given “…the more sure word of prophecy.” according to (II. Pt. 1: 19).

God’s word is a lamp to the feet of his people.

Same people try to reconcile Genesis with geology, the relation of the law to the prophets, how to harmonize the gospel narratives.

But these question do not touch the main purpose of the scripture. The apostle Paul at Mars hill said to the people “ Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are to superstitious. For as I pass by, and behold your devotion, I found an altar with this inscription, To the unknown God. “Whom wherefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you” (Acts 19: 22, 23).

The righteousness of the ten commandment, the blessedness of the sermon on the mount, and, above all, the glory of Christ, still shine from the sacred pages of God’s word, it is a beacon-light undimmed by the clouds of controversy that gather about secondary points.

Job has set a supreme value on the words of God’s We have still greater attraction in the New Testament. Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, the living Word of God, draws men to himself by his love and by his sacrifice of himself.

So that when he is known and loved, faithfulness becomes possible for his sake.

We are call to walk, not only in the steps which God has marked out for us, but in those which Jesus has trodden, which he has made sacred by his own presence “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:” (Jh. 14: 27).

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