To God be the Glory

What a great example is Job to be still praising his faithful Lord after all that has happened to him! His friends don’t understand the depth of Job’s faith and love for God. The One who created everything and oversees everything.

How often do we have to defend our belief, or even harder, the depth of our faith and love for Jesus to our friends or work colleagues? Are we ready with an intelligent and honest answer? As we know, in our culture it is not appropriate to challenge the behaviour of our friends or even their words, as we are “all entitled to our own opinion” in our self-focused society. Job’s words to his friends are however, critical of them and their attitude. The attitudes of his three friends I think are similar to those encouraged throughout our society in this 21st century.

I enjoyed reading this paraphrase of Job’s criticism of his friends from Matthew Henry, “No doubt you are the people; you think yourselves fit to dictate and give law to all mankind, and your own judgment to be the standard by which every man’s opinion must be measured and tried, as if nobody could discern between truth and falsehood, good and evil, but you only; and therefore every top-sail must lower to you, and, right or wrong, we must all say as you say, and you three must be the people, the majority, to have the casting vote.” Go Job! I can’t imagine any of my friends standing and taking this! How conceited were his friends though, to think that their opinions were a result of their own wisdom. I am being reminded that in my own life there will be times when my opinion will differ from those around me. I am also being prompted to remember that, possibly…, maybe…, sometimes… someone may know more than me and they be right and I wrong. Moving on.

Job’s description of his Lord are lovely to read: His hand is over all the earth, the creatures and the sea. In his hand is the life of every creature. He gives wisdom to the aged, but he is the source of all wisdom. He has the ultimate strength and insight into his world and his people, even leaders and kings come under his authority. These are some of the thoughts and words which we can recall when our faith is challenged by people around us, or by satan.

As usual, a song is rolling around in my head, this time a famous hymn which Rob and I had at our wedding. I’ll leave it with you today!

1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.