The Divine Visitation
Job 10:12-16
You have granted me life and favor, and your visitation has preserved my spirit.…

This is the grateful acknowledgment of Job amidst his accumulated trials. There were sentiments of gratitude intermingled with the expressions of grief. The use which Job made of the Divine protection was to plead with God for a continuance of His mercy, and to pray for the vindication of his own integrity.

I. It is by the visitation of the Lord that OUR NATURAL LIVES AND TEMPORAL BLESSINGS ARE PRESERVED TO US. The continuance of all things is of God, to whom belong the issues from death. By His providence our various circumstances are appointed to us.

II. To the visitation of God WE OWE ALL OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE. By the Holy Spirit the immortal soul is enlightened, regenerated, and preserved unto the heavenly kingdom. These gracious visitations act upon our inner nature in various ways, and through a diversified instrumentality. Afflictions, means of grace, are Divine visitations. God's judgments and mercies are efficient only as He by His Spirit and blessing shall make them so.


1. It is a doctrine full of godly consolation and encouragement. Our salvation does not depend on our own unaided powers.

2. The subject has a dark as well as a bright side. It is of alarming import to the careless. If He withdraw His grace, what will become of their resolutions? Be it yours then to "know the day of visitation."


Parallel Verses
KJV: Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

WEB: You have granted me life and loving kindness. Your visitation has preserved my spirit.

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