Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, January 25th: Job 24-26 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 24-26

It is hard for us as believers to watch the wicked prosper.  It was hard for Job then, and it is hard for us now.  We know that justice will only come on the Day of Judgment, and we know that we only escape that judgment ourselves due to Christ's atoning work on the cross.  That desire for justice comes from God.  We are right to long for justice.  We are right to loathe the fact that the wicked prosper.  But we will not see that, at least not perfectly, here on earth.  Sometimes we see earthly justice served.  But more often than not, we need to trust that ultimately God's justice will prevail, and that in the end that is all that matters.

I find it interesting that often Job's thoughts often echo what God is going to tell Job near the end of the book.  He marvels at God's greatness, power, and mystery.

And that's what we ought to focus on.  God.  When we take our eyes off ourselves and all our problems, difficulties, and trials; and instead, focus on God, dwelling on Him and His attributes, becoming consumed with knowing Him instead of knowing the answer to the question "why?", that is when we will be able to live until the day we finally see judgment come.

While we wait, we must remember to be grateful that Christ's incarnation, sinless life, atoning death, and overpowering resurrection enable us to escape the very judgment for which we wait.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Job 27-29


Conrad said...

It is hard to see the wicked prosper. But I like your point on staying focused on God. By doing so, we will receive our reward which will be much greater than what we could receive here on earth.

Nathan Reimer said...

That's good advice to keep in mind when going through times in life when we're focused on problems that surround us. Instead of focusing on our problems which leads to us asking "why", we should focus on God, trying to get to know Him better instead of trying to find answers for our problems.

Pamela said...

So true that it is hard to swallow when we experience unfairness. Just recently a vibrant God-fearing woman lost her battle to cancer quickly and yet so many ungodly people live long lives free of illness and pain. We also learned that an acquaintance of our girls will have a baby before she graduates from high school and yet my cousin and her husband will begin another year are still waiting to be blessed by a child. Sometimes our finite minds struggle just as Job's did.