He Has Taken the Crown

He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head. He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree. He has kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary. His troops come on together; they have cast up their siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.
Job 19:9-12
He Has Taken the Crown
Job continues in his lament that everyone is against him, including God.  These cries of a desperate and tormented man paint a painful picture of what the devil would have all of us experience.  It is the old evil foes desire to have all of us broken to the point of Job so that we would curse God and turn from Him.  Each of us face on a daily basis the attacks of the devil. They may not be to the extreme extent which Job suffers but they are still nonetheless as poisonous and deadly to the soul if left un treated.  Job cries out in anguish, “He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head.” And so it is true, but not in the way Job images of could have at this point in God’s salvation story.  But God has indeed “taken the crown from [our] head.”  Not the gold crow of royalty which we imagine ourselves possessing, but the twisted and painful crown of thorns, a crown upon which the wrath of God was poured out upon.  This is the crown we deserved, yet in love Jesus has taken it from us.  He bore the pain and suffering so that we would not have to.  And in place of the twisted crown of death, a brilliant crown of life.  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).  
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