Today you should read: Job 21
This world is filled with sorrowful stories of people who go through horrible tragedies and ultimately ask the question, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ or ‘How could such a bad thing happen to such a good family?’ You might have a personal example of when you’ve had a similar experience. This passage is all about that question and really the whole book of Job deals with this idea of the wicked prospering and the righteous suffering.
Job’s friends had it stuck in their heads that bad circumstances in Job’s life meant there was unconfessed sin that Job was not repenting from. For them, God always blessed the righteous and cursed sinfulness. God does love righteousness and does bless those who obey him. However, this world does not operate according to “perfect” and “right” standards. This world is broken and sin has caused the world to not act according to God’s original perfect design. Bad things can happen to “good” people and evil people can prosper.
In this chapter Job replies to the second cycle of speeches given by his three friends saying that the wicked do prosper. Again, his friends have been telling him that there is wickedness in Job’s life that is causing God to curse him. Job is frustrated with his friends giving poor advice because he knows that he has no sin to confess for the horrible things he has suffered. He is showing them that their logic is flawed because some wicked people in this world live wonderful lives.
Job will learn later and what we know today is that people of faith will suffer and go through trials. When we ask the question “why” we might not get an immediate answer. Fortunately, we know that the ultimate question of “why is this happening?” will always have the answer that first, God’s glory might be displayed and second, it is for your good(Romans 8:28). God has a plan, a good plan for his people. We must trust God and his ways because his thoughts are above our thinking and his ways are above our comprehension (Isaiah 55:9). Trust God in the midst of your anguish, in the core of your heartache, and in the middle of suffocating anger because he is the all-powerful and loving Father that has control over all things.
Posted by: Kelly Jones, Ministry Intern-West Campus