Daily Bible Podcast Day 303 – Job 21, Mark 5-6

August 30, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Why do the wicked live on,
growing old and increasing in power?
They see their children established around them,
their offspring before their eyes.
Their homes are safe and free from fear;
the rod of God is not on them.
Their bulls never fail to breed;
their cows calve and do not miscarry.
They send forth their children as a flock;
their little ones dance about.
They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre;
they make merry to the sound of the pipe.
They spend their years in prosperity
and go down to the grave in peace.” ~Job 21:7-13

Observation:
Job has observed what many of us have observed as well. Very often the wicked prosper on Earth. The righteous often suffer, but the wicked often thrive. Job asks that they be punished for their own sin, just as we might like to see those who do wrong reap their punishment now.

Application:
Job is a reminder that it doesn’t always make sense to us what happens and to whom. My own wife has had to endure un-earned hardship, while many who are just evil do just fine here. God does have a plan, though, and our earthly lives are nothing compared to our eternal reward.

Prayer:
Father, so much of life on earth is just wrong. Good, humble people hurt while proud, evil people grow wealthy and powerful. Help me to have an eternal perspective, that even though they prosper now, it will mean nothing compared to the rewards and punishments of eternity. Help me to stay focused on Your mission, not my own feelings of unfairness and help me to weather the storms.

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