Scripture Reading: Isaiah 50
Doing good gives you confidence and peace regardless of circumstances.
Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will. 14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand? 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
Esther: If I perish, I perish. Trust—wait, stay, be patient, hope. Job has confidence in God and confidence in his past behavior. This is an unassailable position. Job knows he’s not going to win, yet he holds fast to the right track.
The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.7 For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Opened my ear—told me my duty, made me obediently attentive, word of a servant to a master. I gave my back—patiently yielded it up. Face like flint—set myself resolutely. Justifieth me—not the doctrine of justification, but a proof given that God approves of his actions.
--50:8 with Romans 8:33--Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Remembering God’s powerful deliverances of Israel in the past. When I heard—informed of the coming judgment by God on Israel. I trembled that I might rest—fear of God is the true source of peace. Though all creature comforts and means of living be destroyed, the faithful can rest in God. Hinds’ feet—swift deliverance with and to God.
--dying people—am I dying because I did something wrong cuz I can think of reasons.
2 Corinthians 4:5-11
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
Earthen vessels—frail, feeble, and dying bodies. You’re going to die, things will fall apart, will your faith hold you?
soldier terms. Troubled—pressed in, crowded. Distressed-- not crushed completely! Perplexed—without resources, wanting, to be embarrassed by lack. Despair—utterly destitute, losing all hope by lack of resources. Persecuted—running away, chased, hunted. Forsaken—without hope of protection, left alone. Cast down—thrown to the ground. Destroyed—dead, buried inm the ground! It’s just a flesh wound!
We are daily brought to a point of death. For thy sake we are killed all day long. Sheep for the slaughter. But in all these things we are more than conquerors!