Scripture: Job 24:1 “Why are times not kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days? 2 The wicked remove landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them. 3 They drive away the donkey of the orphan; they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. 4 They thrust the needy off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
Observation: Job articulates one of the most difficult theological questions of all. If God is righteous and just, why is there so much injustice in the world? “Why are times not kept…?” (v.1) In other words, why aren’t there times when wrongs are made right, when the wicked are called to account? Job realizes he is not the only one who suffers unjustly. The wicked continually take advantage of the needy and helpless. Yet they prosper.
Application: The questions Job was asking thousands of years ago are relevant today. We see it all the time. Dishonest people steal from others, then use their ill-gotten gains to hire top legal representation – and get away with their crimes. The poor have no such luxury and are over-represented in our prisons.
That said, I don’t want to be among those who make a habit of confessing other people’s sins. Hence, this morning I’m wondering how I contribute to injustice in my world. What opportunities is the Lord giving me to advocate for others?
Prayer: Gracious God, we know that you are indeed a just God. We are also keenly aware we often inhabit an unjust world. Too often I don’t think of myself as someone who can do anything about that, but maybe I’m wrong. Give me grace to step up when the opportunity presents itself. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.