Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21
Bildad speaks again to Job about the fate of an evil person. Through the entire eighteenth chapter he speaks of various torments, sufferings, and tortures that an evil man will go through because he does not know God. He points out that one who does not know God will dwell in a life being judged by God. His statements imply that Job was living an evil life because of all the suffering he is going through.
People are very quick to judge a person when they are going through a tough time in life. Often those judgements are on how they had lived or choices that they had made, which brought them into the situation that they are now in. Both those in the world and those in the church bring these types of judgements upon a person very quickly.
One common example of this is with a homeless person on the street. They see the person as worthless, lazy and unwilling to work. The situation may be that he was laid off from an already low-paying job and was evicted from his house because of no payments, and was unable to get another job. These are no faults of his own. He may be a hard worker, but just can’t find a new job to get started again.
Jesus had to deal with this type of thinking when the disciples asked him who sinned that a man would be born blind. Jesus pointed out that it was for the glory of God that he was blind, not because of sin.
Be careful on how you judge why a person may be going through a tough time in life. Yes, it may be because of sin in their life. But at the same time the possibility is that it could be a time of God’s testing and proving a person is living a righteous life.
Take a full look at your own and their life and see what you see. Do you see fruit of God’s work in their life? Then God is at work proving them, not punishing or correcting them.
What is God doing in your life? Proving or correcting you?
I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will live a life like Jesus; and that you will be His witness in this world.