Who is your candidate for the greatest of mankind? Naturally you would say Jesus; but excepting Him, who would you choose? Today’s devotional gives you a very interesting and worthy candidate. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Job 1:20-21 English Standard Version (ESV)
20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
“It seems to me that, if we had been about to choose a man who should found a race, we should have said, ‘There, Job is the man, “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”’ He was a right princely man; I sometimes think that he was the grandest of all men, when I see him sitting on a dunghill, transforming it into a throne, and reigning there right royally, while he says, ‘The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ It was a noble saying of the man who cannot be said to be less than the very greatest of mankind. ‘Ye have heard of the patience of Job,’ and all the world shall hear of it again and again while there are ears to hear or tongues to speak.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 591-592]