daily-devotionalsReading: “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments….Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.”—Job 23:3, 4, 6

Christian, are these the breathings of your heart? Do you really long, and, like David, even pant, to come before the throne of grace?    Are you at a loss how to come, how to draw nigh?  Would you fill your mouth with arguments, and have your cause so ordered as to be sure not to fail? Look to Jesus! Seek from Him the leadings of the Spirit, and while your eye is steadily fixed on your great High Priest within the veil, still wearing a vesture dipped in blood, see to it that your one great plea is for a perfect and complete justification before God and the Father.

Yes, plead earnestly, heartily, steadily; and, like Jacob, wrestling with God, on the sole footing of Christ’s righteousness. Remember, Christian, it is Jesus’ righteousness, and His only, with which, like Job, your mouth must be filled with arguments. This is the strength that God will put in you, and it is Jehovah’s strength, founded in His justice. As a poor guilty sinner, you have nothing to plead but free grace and rich mercy. But when you come in Jesus, in the righteousness of your Surety, you may appeal to God’s holiness and His justice also. Oh, how sweet the assurance, how unanswerable the plea! Jesus has fulfilled the law, paid the penalty of justice; and God has promised to pardon and bless His seed, His redeemed in Him.

Hence, the apostle Paul, in the contemplation of death and judgment, while looking at his everlasting security in Jesus, cries out, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.” This is your privilege, Christian, and when, like Job, you desire to approach a throne of grace now; never, never for a moment forget that this is the way, and the only way of maintaining communion with God in Christ.

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.