Up to this point in Job, his friends have accused him over and over for being in sin and saying that is why wrath has come upon him. In our chapter today, Job tells his friends that the wicked are the ones who are prospering on earth. In verse 7 he says, “Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?” The verses following all speak on the ways the wicked will prosper on earth. And while Job reminds them of that, in verses 23-26, he tells his friends that those who prosper on earth and those who do not all meet the same end: “they lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them.”
Job asks an interesting question in verse 22, where he says, “Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges all those who are on high?” What Job is asking his friends is, “Do you know why God is doing these things? Do you know why God has taken all these things from me? Do you know why the wicked prosper?” The clear answer to this question is no they do not. His friends are just assuming God punishes the wicked on earth and exalts the righteous. We know this not to be true. There are many people in our world who live the most ungodly lives and yet are prospering. On the flip side, we know some very godly people who are struggling to keep a job or having problems starting a family or have some kind of health concern. This does not mean that God is in the wrong. We should never blame God for not giving something to us. Instead we need to be thankful for what He has given and trust in His plans.
In the end, the Bible reminds us that the righteous prosper and the wicked perish (Rev. 20:11-21:4). So do not lose heart on this earth. Remind yourself daily that God has a plan and trust in it. Do not look at what others have and envy, instead look at what you have and be thankful.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice