Job 22-24: When you read the book of Job you hear his friends over and over speak the theology that if you sin you come to a bad end and that wicked people do not prosper. Somehow some in our world have bought into that theology and thought pattern, but if you look around in our world today you can quickly see that though that sounds good, the pattern just doesn’t hold. God does allow evil to continue and there are people acting in sin that prosper. So how is a believer supposed to process all of this?
Don’t follow their pattern! Though they are prospering, there will come a payday one day. Here is how Job put it.
Job 24:21 “They wrong the barren, childless woman,
and do no good to the widow.
22 Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
23 He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his eyes are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted a little while, and then are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are cut off like the heads of grain.
When the end time comes their end will definitely be different from the life of one who is a believer. Their final destination is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth according to Matthew 8 and 13.
I don’t understand why, but God in His sovereignty has allowed Satan to be Prince of the power of the air.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1–2)
God has allowed sin to reign here on earth For A TIME! One day God will say enough and the power God has given Satan and sin will cease. Because God has all authority in Heaven and Earth He will then take control and sin, death and even Satan will no longer be around God’s children.
So hold on sweet friends. Even though we see darkness around us, we know the end of the story. Have right theology and thinking. Yes sin does have power today but not for always and sinners do prosper, but to what end. If you are struggling with evil being rewarded remember the end has not yet come. Until then God is still in control and the best thing for us is to do life like God says. Yes we will go through hard times, but it is to make us stronger and for His be glory.