I’m going to focus on chapter 9:22-24 today. “It is all the same. That is why I say, ‘He destroys both the man of integrity and the wicked.’ When a sudden disaster brings death, he makes fun of the despair of innocent people. The earth is handed over to the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If he isn’t the one doing this, who is?”
Job is speaking a bit of truth here, but with a bit of emotional outburst as well.
The truth is that disaster comes upon both the wicked and the righteous. We’ve talked about that before. Another way to say it is that the rain (which is a good thing) falls upon the righteous and the unrighteous. Stuff happens. Job is answering his friends’ accusations that he must have done wrong in order to be suffering as he is.
The emotional outburst is when Job says that God makes fun of the despair of innocent people. Of course, that is not right. Remember, we have to read the Bible in the context of itself, and the preponderance of evidence is that God is not cruel, but loving.
Then he says that the earth is handed over to the wicked. It is often true that wicked people seem to prosper in many different areas. Money. Power. Talent. You name it. Well, good for them. As far as I’m concerned, let them prosper here on the earth, because that is all they’re going to get. My treasures are not here, where moth and rust consume. My treasures are being laid up in Heaven, where they are incorruptible.
Where do you want your treasures?