IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: WHEN MEN ARE CAST DOWN, I SAY THERE IS LIFTING UP!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.”- Job 22:29.
This statement will mean that when other men or people are cast down, or in the times of trial and calamity, which has brought people down, such as we are now all over the world, the believer shall, however, find support and help from God. Your song shall be, “there is a lifting up” in Jesus name.
“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”
The challenges of our day may be enormous, but amidst so much killings, terrorism, Kidnappings, inflation, rising cost of living, and the near hopeless situation facing the country today, you can still say, “When men are cast down, I am lifted up.” When you begin to feel the pressure and afraid and the economic squeeze, don’t complain; that’s the time to make the Word work. Get into your closet and begin to declare your safety, prosperity and abundance in Christ. Proclaim that you’re the seed of Abraham; an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ. When you have sufficiently proclaimed the Word over your situation, those confessions will dominate your senses, such that when you’re asked, “How are you?” you’ll say, “Great things are happening! Good things are coming my way today!” Halleluiah. If you don’t talk the Word, the system of this world will overwhelm you, and you’ll be a victim in life. With the Word in your mouth, you’ll blaze through every barrier in life.
When other men—the wicked and ungodly—are cast down, Believers, resting upon their God, shall be able to say, “There is lifting up.” And instead of harboring a thought of despair, they shall cling to the promise that God will save the humble person. The text may thus indicate the distinction there is between the righteous and the wicked. When the flood came, the ungodly world was bowed down by fear, but Noah could say, “There is lifting up.” And as the ark began to float upon the waters, his mind was perfectly convinced that God would save the humble.
When the fiery sleet began to fall upon Sodom and Gomorrah, the wicked were wise too late, and they, too, were filled with dismay. But Lot, as he escaped out of the city, could feel that there was for him “lifting up,” and that God had saved out of the midst of destruction that “humble person,” whose ears and heart had been vexed with the ungodly speeches of the Sodomites. Let us learn, therefore, and so leave this aspect of the text, that the Lord has put a difference between Israel and Egypt—a difference never so conspicuous as in time of trouble. He will not mete out the same measure to His friends as to His enemies. The black side of the pillar of Providence shall be turned towards the Egyptians, while the bright side shall shine fully and cheerfully into the faces of the Israelites.
Just as the Red Sea is swallowing up God’s foes, His friends upon the other bank shall be singing their psalms of victory and magnifying His power to save. Humble Christian, whatever may occur, you need never fear! If all the predicted tribulations which some men delight in anticipating should be fulfilled tomorrow, it would not matter to you. If the earth should rock and reel, if the sun should be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, and the stars should fall like fig leaves from the tree—you, if you could no longer be safe under Heaven—would be caught up into Heaven! But anyhow, God would be sure to preserve you. When the wicked are bowed down you shall be able to sing, “There is lifting
The second way of reading the text is full of personal consolation. “When men are cast down”—appropriating the calamity when we, ourselves, are cast down, and leaving out the discrimination between the righteous and the wicked. When we, in common with the rest of mankind, suffer by the adversities incidental to all men—when we find out that we are “born to trouble as the sparks fly upward”—then our Father comes to our relief, cheers us with comfort and inspirits us with hope, sweetly whispering in our ears, “There is lifting up. Hope in God.” After all the waves and billows had gone over the Psalmist’s head, Hope rises up out of the deep and sings, as the waters stream from her hair, “Hope you in God, for I shall yet praise Him.”
And as her countenance glistens in the sun, and is made bright by the brine into which she has dived, she adds, “He is the help of my countenance and my God.” Christian Brother, possibly you are at this very hour sorely cast down. You are reflecting upon yesterday’s ills, or foreboding worse ills on the morrow. “What shall I eat? And what shall I drink?” may be questions which are pressing grievously on your mind. Parents may be here whose dear children are sick, or it may be worse than that. Perhaps there is a father whose rebellious son is vexing his heart and making his hair turn gray.
You are bowed down, many of you. Some from one cause and some from another. Oh that your trials may bring your faith into exercise!
You are in your Father’s hands. He is the God of hope! Yes, and He is the God of patience and consolation. The Lord reigns—all things work together for good to them that love God. You may safely conclude that there is lifting up. Though you may now feel very humble under these afflicting dispensations, yet, as certainly as God’s Word says, “He shall save the humble person,” so certainly will he send salvation unto you. Be of good courage, then! Perhaps the text is God’s message to your sinking spirits—”It is I. Be not afraid.”
The third way of understanding the text, however, is that upon which I wish to dwell. A practical obligation is here enforced. “When men are cast down”—that is, when other men are cast down, either by spiritual anxieties or by peculiar troubles of a worldly sort—then the Christian’s business is to act the part of a comforter. He is to step in and say to his brethren or his neighbors, “There is lifting up.” It should be his occupation to tell out this good news—this panacea for heart-troubles—God saves humble souls. There is no necessity for despair this side of Hell. As long as a man is in this trial state there is hope that his sackcloth may be put off, that he may be girded with gladness and made partaker of the fullness ofjoy!
You will see then, Friends, that my intention is to address myself to Christians—earnestly exhorting them to look after opportunities for usefulness, that they may tell others of the glad tidings.
Your prosperity should be born of the Word in spite of circumstances. Isaac prospered in the midst of harsh economic conditions. In a time of famine, the Bible says he prospered, waxed great, made progress, and grew until he became very great (Genesis 26). There’s so much treasure in your country; and like Isaac, amidst the seeming hardship, you can prosper, wax great, make progress and grow, and become very great.
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