Look into those
"Show me why You contend with me!" Job 10:2
Beloved, it was thus once with you--a text of Scripture, a threatening,
a touch of the rod of affliction--and you went to your Father's
feet, crying, "Show me why You contend with me!" Is it so now? Are you
content to follow Jesus, afar off? O it is a grievous thing, when we
can live contentedly, without the present enjoyment of the Savior's
face. Let us labor to feel what an evil thing this is--little love to
our own dying Savior, little joy in our precious Jesus, little
fellowship with the Beloved!
Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the
cross! There, and there alone--can you get your heart quickened.
No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead you
may have become--go again in all the rags, poverty, and defilement of
your present condition. Clasp that cross! Look
into those languid eyes! Bathe in that fountain filled
with blood! This alone will bring you back to your first love; this alone will
restore the simplicity of your faith, and the tenderness of your heart!