Job 21: 7 Why do the wicked live on, reach old age, and grow mighty in power? 8 Their children are established in their presence, and their offspring before their eyes. 9 Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them.
Job has suffered greatly so his three buddies are convinced he must have sinned greatly. Why? Because that’s the way it works with God. At least that’s what they’ve all been taught. Good things happen to the righteous, bad things to the wicked. If Job will just confess maybe the Lord would be merciful – but Job’s not having it. Our passage above is part of his long rebuttal. The “rule” doesn’t always apply. Wicked people prosper sometimes while good people suffer. He refuses to confess sins he didn’t commit.
Like Job and his buddies I want a set of rules that apply in every situation with God. I don’t want surprises or circumstances that defy my theology. I don’t want exceptions or life circumstances that are difficult to interpret. I want life with God to always make sense, always square with my expectations, always be predictable.
This is a sticking point for a lot of Christians, myself included. So often it seems that violence, injustice, wickedness run rampant. Death and destruction win the day. Lord Jesus come and save us from this world of sin and brokenness. Amen.