Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thurs., 2/17/11 Devotion (Job 16:19)

Today's encouragement comes from Job 16:19, where we read these words:

"Surely even now my witness is in heaven, and my evidence is on high."

Even in the midst of all Job's suffering, and even in the face of all the tormenting "comfort" he was receiving from his misguided friends--he (Job) still had enough grace to recognize that the "witness" of his faith was still "in heaven," and that his "evidence" was "on high."

Did Job *feel* this? Probably not. But he certainly believed it, none-
theless. Job's example is a good one for faithful churchmen today. Sometimes, we feel beaten down, and discouraged; but we must al-
ways remember that our faith takes hold of Jesus, who is our "witness in heaven," and our "evidence on high."

[Puritan quote of the day: "Now Christians know that they are in their warfare, they are here in this world fighting and combating with the enemies of their souls and their eternal welfare, and they must be willing to endure hardness here." --Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment"]