(Joseph Caryl, “Practical Observations on the Book of Job”)
“Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him! He is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8
We ought not to be satisfied with low degrees of grace; or content ourselves to be like others in grace. We should labor (if it is possible) to go beyond all others in grace. It did not satisfy Job that he had gotten to such a degree, to such a frame and temper of heart, to such a course of holiness–as his neighbors or brethren had attained unto; but he labored to go beyond them all, “There is no one on earth like him!”
It is a holy ambition–to labor to exceed all others in grace and godliness.
We have a great many in the world who desire to be so rich–as none should be like them; to be so luxurious in their apparel–as none should be like them; or to be so beautiful–as none should be like them. But where are those who desire and endeavor to have such a portion or stock of grace–that none should be like them; to be above others in holiness–as Job was?
True grace never rests in any degrees or measures of grace–but labors to increase. He who has any grace–always desires to have more grace. Do not think it enough when you are like others in holiness–you ought to labor to be beyond others!
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