Job 20:29 Harsh Words With No Hope

Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29

Zophar begins to speak to job and is upset. He believes that Job has been living in sin, because of the trouble he is going through. Zophar lists all types of things that will happen to a non-believer, the troubles that he will go through when refusing to follow God. At the end he also lists what God will do to the one who lives a wicked life. It is considered the wicked person’s heritage with no hope of anything different.

It is very easy to see someone else’s faults and to point them out. Faults stick out very clearly in the life of a person. Think of looking at a large blank white sheet of paper. It is clean. Now put one small black dot somewhere on the paper the size of a period. As you look at the paper now, where are your eyes drawn to? That black dot. It sticks out, just as sin also sticks out in the life of a person.

People love to point out the faults in another person, because it makes the one seeing them appear to look better. Pointing out faults in others happens in the workplace, on the streets, in the stores, in the government, and everywhere else in this world. People want to feel better about themselves, so they make others look worse.

This type of action not only occurs in the world, but also inside the church and by the church in the world. Believers are very quick to point out sin in other believers lives or in people of the world. Often, they do not add in the offer of salvation in Jesus. They do not offer any forgiveness or hope for change.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. Zophar was right in some of what he was saying, but he did not offer any hope of change. If you see sin in your life or in the life of another person, it can be pointed out, but then also show what Jesus can do about it. Show that Jesus is willing to remove it and bring life to the person.

Give people hope, not just condemnation.

I pray today that you will see the salvation Jesus provides; that you will show God’s love to those at fault; and that you will provide the hope in Jesus to every person you meet.


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