"As for me, is my complaint to man?...Why do the wicked still live, continue on, also become very powerful? Their descendants are established...and their offspring before their eyes, their houses are safe from fear, and the rod of God is not on them." - Job 21:4-9 NASB
Life seemed so unfair! After suffering losses and tragedies, Job looked around and wondered why it seemed that the wicked were spared from problems. Their businesses seemed successful, and even while defying God, they seemed to "spend their days in prosperity."
While feeling "wronged" by the accusations of his friends, Job recognized that "the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity." Yet he wondered, "Who will confront him?"...and "who will repay him for what he has done?"
We know that in God's sight, Job was blameless and upright, and he feared the Lord and turned away from evil. We also know Satan's contention that God had unfairly protected Job, and if God removed His protective hedge, Job would stop believing and abandon his integrity. Thus, Job was being tested to prove his character (2:3-6).
Many people have gone through similar difficulties and found themselves filled with doubts and questions. They, too, have wondered if life really is fair.
To see a situation like this in balance, we need to study God's comments in Job 38-42. There we see the grandeur of His creation and the full development of His sovereignty. We glimpse into the mysteries of His plans and purposes. We also see the importance of faith at every stage in life.
Today, remember that you can trust God in every situation-when things seem fair or unfair...whether or not you understand...and even if you have questions.
Remember: He hears you even when you don't hear His response. Have faith that He is in control and that He's working everything together for good (Romans 8:28).
Today's Inspirational Prayer
Father, thank You that You are with me right now. I will not give in to doubt, but will continue to praise You and serve You. I trust in You! In Jesus' name. Amen.
Chickens scurried off in different directions, but the determined boy walked all over the neighborhood scooping up the wayward birds and returning them to the repaired crate. Hoping he had found them all, the boy reluctantly returned home, expecting the worst.
"Pa, the chickens got loose," the boy confessed sadly, "but I managed to find all twelve of them."
"Well, you done a good job, son," the farmer beamed.
"You left with seven."