Teach Thou Me – Job 34:31-32

Job 34:31-32 ‘Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.’

When Providence ordains trials that we cannot understand, there are often great searchings of heart. It is fools who rush on and say, ‘I have nothing to learn. I have no need to humble myself. I see no sin in myself, and I know that none at all shall be found.’

Brethren, let us not forget that we were born in sin, and although we are now in Christ, the ruin caused by sin is deeper than we realise. If Job, a ‘perfect’ man struggled to humble himself before God in matters that he could not fathom, how much more the rest of us?

When Shimei cast dust, stones, and curses at David, David was not so quick to vindicate himself. He could not understand God’s plan at that time, and God was doing a deep work in David. God would deal with Shimei later on, and the record of his misdemeanour towards David stands in Scripture as a blot over the life of Shimei. As for David, although other sins are recorded against his name, we see that the sure mercies of God followed him to his grave.

He that fears God, humbling himself when God hides His face, shall yet come forth of them all. ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,’ said Job. Isaiah said, ‘…I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.’

Take heart if your way be dark, for the Scriptures promise: (Psalm 25:8) ‘Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.’ We know not the path by which God shall lead, neither do we know our need. Let our prayer be, ‘That which I see not teach thou me.’

Pastor James West

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