Job 19-21; 2 Corinthians 12 & 13

Job 21:7-17 Why do the wicked keep on living, grow old, become mighty in power? Their progeny is secure in their sight; their offspring are before their eyes. Their homes are safe, without fear, and the rod of God is not upon them. Their bulls breed without fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry. They let their young run free like sheep, their children skip about. They sing along with drum and lyre, and make merry to the sound of the pipe. They live out their days in prosperity, and tranquilly go down to Sheol. Yet they say to God, “Depart from us, for we have no desire to know your ways! What is the Almighty that we should serve him? And what do we gain by praying to him?” Their happiness is not in their own hands. The designs of the wicked are far from me! How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? How often does destruction come upon them, the portion God allots in his anger?

Another example of why the Good News is good news.  Jesus tells us that the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.  We can bypass a lot of angst and anger by not comparing our state of life with that of others, just trusting in God as the ultimate just Judge.  Heaven will be full of people that if it were revealed to us now that they were there, we would have a “What the….” reaction, baffled and maybe even angry.  What we don’t want is to be surprised in a bad way when we depart from this life!

 

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