The “Town Sinner” had no one in polite society to befriend her. She made her living being used by others as means to an end. Yet in Christ, she found a friend that sticks closer then a Brother. In Christ she found a treasure worth far more than the costly ointment she carried in the alabaster box! A great sinner met the Great Savior-and her life would never be the same.
I know, that there is coming a grand reunion day. There is coming a day when I shall behold my blessed Savior, Christ Jesus the Lord. I shall be reunited with family members who have gone on before me. What a glad and happy time awaits the children of promise!
Job reminds us that God never leaves his people. The hardest trials and the most desperate seasons of life are not proof that God has abandoned us. On the contrary! It is in these trying times that our trust in God’s keeping grace deepens and matures as He proves Himself faithful to keep His children even through the fiery trials of life. Job had everything taken from him by God. Then, Job had everything restored to Him by God. Should God exalt a man, let that man praise the Lord. Should God bring a man down to his knees, let that man praise the Lord.
Storms will come, mighty waves will roll, the harsh winds of circumstance shaking us, at times, to the very core. Yet we, poor and needy sinners all, have a sure and steadfast hope in Christ, the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. Job looked forward to this Redeemer, his last remaining hope. Even in the midst of hell on earth, knowing the Redeemer is enough. Knowing Christ has gone your way is a joy worth much more than rubies! Knowing the Redeemer in the full pardon of your sins is always enough!
When sickness assails our mortal bodies, it could be a sickness unto death. Yet God is faithful to give His people the abiding truth of the matter: God is in control. Worship the Lord in the midst of your storm! Worship the Lord in the swirling tempest of life’s darkest hours. In all things, give thanks!
Our righteousness is in Christ alone. He has forgiven us for His Name’s sake, having illuminated the darkness of our hearts. Christ, the Light of Love, motivates His people to love and care for our brothers and sisters.
Let us be thankful for God’s gift of Gospel repentance. He alone has opened our eyes to our darkness, sin and shame. He alone has changed our minds concerning Christ, causing each of us to look to Christ alone for all righteousness. It is the Lord alone that has, in the words of Paul, “given us understanding.” And it is through eyes made new by Gospel repentance that we endeavor to be kind and gentle toward one another as we, ever sorrowful for our sin, trust Christ alone to go our way until the brightness and glory of His coming.