Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful? (Job 21:7)


This is so true of many, many people today who refuse to acknowledge God. They believe that their lives are in their own hands. They trust that can insure themselves against the loss or damage of their property. They educate themselves widely to gain the right qualifications, to get the right job that pays the right salary. They trust that if they want something enough and work hard enough, then they can achieve anything. And many if them do exactly that. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of those things. But many of them also imagine there is no God and pity the weakness they perceive in those that do believe in God. They imagine that God’s laws are restrictive and so they reject them in favour of the simple laws of men and the physical world they can see and touch. Sadly, for those who reject God, they miss that there is much more to life than what is contained in the physical world that can be seen and touched and scientifically proved. There is also the whole realm of the spirit and the soul. How do the Godless fill the void left behind by the absence of the kingdom of God?


Job 21:7-16 NLT

“Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful? They live to see their children grow up and settle down, and they enjoy their grandchildren. Their homes are safe from every fear, and God does not punish them. Their bulls never fail to breed. Their cows bear calves and never miscarry. They let their children frisk about like lambs. Their little ones skip and dance. They sing with tambourine and harp. They celebrate to the sound of the flute. They spend their days in prosperity, then go down to the grave in peace. And yet they say to God, ‘Go away. We want no part of you and your ways. Who is the Almighty, and why should we obey him? What good will it do us to pray?’ (They think their prosperity is of their own doing, but I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.)


These so called wicked people who prosper and go to their graves in peace, who exactly are they? Do we you know any? Does anyone really have it so good? I don’t think so. That’s the point you see, it is very common to imagine that everyone else is sorted when you yourself are suffering. Job knew this and so, just as he is pointing out the apparent truth that that many godless people live perfectly prosperous and happy lives, he slips in verse 16 in brackets. And so that is also my goal. God is very gracious with those who turn their backs on him in favour of worldly wealth. Their rewards are temporary and ultimately worthless. I will not be seduced into thinking that there are things we can have aside from that which is given to us my God. All things come from God – whether good or bad, whether joyful and sorrowful, whether rich or poor

Today’s readings:

Job 20:1-22:30, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Psalms 40:11-17, Proverbs 22:2-4


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