Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday, July 1st: Job 20-21; Acts 10:24-48 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 20-21; Acts 10:24-48

Job 20:4-5 
Don’t you know that ever since antiquity,
from the time a human was placed on earth,
the joy of the wicked has been brief
and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?

Zophar's advice was not applicable to Job, who was a righteous man not a wicked man, but it was accurate.

Sometimes it seems like the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer.

And often they do.

For now.

Whether the joy of the wicked lasts for their entire life on earth, or only part of it, it is still brief when compared to the vastness of eternity.

In the end, justice will prevail.  Satan's lies will be exposed.  The wicked will be joyful no more.

In the end, the righteous will experience everlasting joy beyond compare.

As hard as it can be sometimes, we need to view our lives in light of eternity.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJob 22-24; Acts 11


Nathan Reimer said...

Good point, we need to focus on the end game and not the current situation. In the end everything will be as God has planned, and justice will prevail. Currently we often see sin winning but in the end God's way will rule.

kjad said...

I think we also need to take a closer look on the definition of prospering and suffering. When it is said that the wicked prosper, that is on a very small time scale. Their short time on earth might look desirable but in the long run, it's quite the opposite. Same goes for the righteous who suffer, is it really called "suffering" when in the end we get the better prize? When we look at the entire time scale and see that the majority of it is spent celebrating with Jesus in the streets of heaven, I'd say that the earthly suffering is totally worth it!