Friday, June 24, 2011

A Limited Perspective

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Job said:  "How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger? Are they as straw before the wind, And like chaff which the storm carries away? You say, ‘God stores away a man’s iniquity for his sons.’ Let God repay him so that he may know it." (Job 21:17-19)

Job's friends contended that prosperity was a sign of God's favor, and since Job had suffered great loss, the reason was because Job had displeased God through sin. They thought that misfortunate was the result of wickedness.

However, Job saw many people who lived in open rebellion of God, but yet enjoyed financial prosperity, success, good health and saw their descendants multiply. Job was troubled by wickedness going unpunished.

Prosperity is not a sign of God's favor. Both the wicked and the godly will know good fortunate and bad on this earth. God sees all, including when the godly suffer because of no fault of their own and when the ungodly continue in their rebellion. God will bless the man who is faithful to Him through life's trials, and He will punish the sinner who refuses to submit to His authority. However, God's timing for blessings and punishments will differ than our own, and thus, we must trust in his divine plan and not become discouraged.


  1. This makes me think of the hymn ~ sing and be happy

    Often we are troubled and tried
    sick with sorrow and pain
    there others living in sin
    blessed with earthly gain

    take new courage we cannot tell
    what the morrow may bring
    when the dark clouds vanish away
    then our hearts truly can sing

    Blessings, Debbie

  2. Your last paragraph said it all. We must trust in Him. Through the good and especially the bad. Blessings

  3. This is so true. My son who has always followed the Lord and is now 42yrs asked me why recently??
    His cousins live life and prosper. He has one knock after the other. I told Him Satan is the discourager. He already has them so has no reason to hurt them, so he is after you. The good thing is, life is short no matter how long we live. And eternity is eternal, and much more important to strive for. Bless you.

  4. This is such a great post today. I'm going to have my daughter read this post herself rather than me telling her.
    God Bless,

  5. Well said. The key to it is God's timing. We want to put Him on our timetable, but He knows what He's doing, and we need to let God be God and quit trying to direct Him.

  6. last line says it all.




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