Friday, June 24, 2011
A Limited Perspective
Photo Credit: Till Krech (extranoise) Creative Commons
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.