Daily Devotional 3-26-19

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Job 42:5–6

You have heard of “the perseverance of Job,” writes the apostle James (James 5:11), “and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” That “end” was to give to Job such a realization of the greatness, the majesty, the power, and the goodness of God, that it would produce in His servant so great a sense of his own nothingness as to bring him to repentance (Job 42:2–6). But it was the repentance of a saint, not of a sinner; for God’s children need to see their own good-for-nothingness as truly as the unregenerate. No matter how careful our walk or how consistent our behavior, we are ever to say with Paul, “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells” (Romans 7:18). Hence it is that when God would write a book on repentance, He searches the world over, not for the worst, but for the best man He can find, and then He shows how He brought that good man to an end of himself.

Less, less of self each day

And more, my God, of Thee;

Oh, keep me in Thy way,

However rough it be.

Less of the flesh each day,

Less of the world and sin;

More of Thy love, I pray,

More of Thyself within.

Riper and riper now,

Each hour let me become;

Less fond of things below,

More fit for such a home.

More moulded to Thy will,

Lord, let Thy servant be;

Higher and higher still—

Nearer and nearer Thee.

 H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 90.