“How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributed sorrows in his anger” (Job 21:17).TEXT — Job 21:1-21
Deep in the dungeon of despair, after unhelpful remarks from his wife and friends following colossal family and business losses, Job is thrown into a riddle of disturbing questions about life and why the wicked, and not the righteous, seem to prosper. It is a conflict that readily assails saints passing through serious challenges. Only a perfect insight provided by God can offer an acceptable answer and comfort to the perplexed inquirer.
God did come to the aid of Job, as He does to all believers experiencing trials and temptations at the hands of Satan. While Job saw only the present moment of the wicked as they enjoyed their corrupt riches, God revealed the disaster awaiting them. According to Job, “Their houses are safe from fear…They spend their days in wealth…Their seed is established…neither is the rod of God upon them”. But the Lord exposed their end. “Yet he shall perish forever like his own dung.”
Men are often swayed by the carriage of the ungodly celebrities of society. Their influence, affluence, and fame are false parameters that appear to guide our perceptions of them. Their fleeting riches make them puffy to challenge the Bible and its teachings on prosperity. This puts them in the same league as those in the day of Job who told God, “Depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways”.
Christians who find themselves in the mire of despondency because of satanic attacks or dwindling economic fortunes and mockery of those who seem to be prospering must be careful not to be enticed into the ways of the ungodly. In the depths of the battles they face, the Lord will ultimately reach out to them and go beyond strengthening them to restoring their lost possessions in hundred-folds.
Thought for the day
God is with you even in the valley – and that’s enough for you.
- in one year
- DEUTERONOMY 4 – 6