To Stagger Like a Drunken Man

“The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure, into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.” Job 12

Silas Durand wrote,

The teachers of false doctrine rob God of his glory (in word) and his children of comfort. It would seem hard to men now to call them robbers, for they appear eminently pious; but a careful survey of their tabernacles, their doctrine and their secret works will show the name to be well applied. They appear secure in their way, and it appears, as we have shown, that God brings into their hands abundantly. Job seems, like David, to have been envious of the foolish when he saw the prosperity of the wicked. (Psalm 73:2.) But both were reproved for this envy by the Lord–David when he went into the sanctuary and saw the end of the wicked, and Job when the Lord showed him his own great wisdom in his answer out of the whirlwind.

But Job’s faith in God is not shaken. He knows God is not disappointed or deceived. Even if we appealed to the beasts, or the birds of the air, or to the earth, or the fishes of the sea, who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? And throughout the remainder of this chapter he dwells upon the evidences of God’s wisdom and strength, upon his wonderful works, expressing his assurance that nothing transpires contrary to his will, in whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind; that the deceived and the deceiver are his, and he does what he will with mighty princes as well as with all men. He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. The nations are enlarged and straitened again by him. He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. The words of Job are continually confirmed by other inspired Scriptures as the truth of God. (See Psalm 107:27,40.)

Though Job’s friends have appeared to exalt God so highly and with such ostentation of speech, this doctrine of God’s sovereign decree and supreme direction in all things, so plainly and decisively declared by Job, is the very doctrine they cannot abide.

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