The Wicked Prosper (1/9)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Job 21-23.

Why do the wicked still live, continue on, also become very powerful? Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes, their houses are safe from fear, and the rod of God is not on them. His ox mates without fail; his cow calves and does not abort. They send forth their little ones like the flock, and their children skip about. They sing to the timbrel and harp and rejoice at the sound of the flute. They spend their days in prosperity, and suddenly they go down to Sheol. They say to God, ‘Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what would we gain if we entreat Him?’” (Job 21:7-15).

Although Job’s friends have been arguing that suffering indicated God’s punishment for wickedness, Job pointed out what we have all witnessed: the wicked prosper. Though this may not seem fair to us at the present time, God will deal justly in the end.

For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; they will be led forth at the day of fury” (Job 21:30).

Life is not fair. But our hope lies beyond this life.

Tomorrow’s reading: Job 24-28

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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