Job 22:15-16 Following Dead Paths

Will you keep to the old way which wicked men have trod, who were cut down before their time, whose foundations were swept away by a flood? Job 22:15-16

Well worn paths are easy for people to continue to walk down. There are very few to no obstacles in the pathway to stop or slow someone down or that need to be cleared out. People choose those paths often because others have cleared the way and made it easier to walk on. Blazing a new path is difficult and hard to break through, taking time and effort and is often lonely.

Eliphaz falsely accuses Job of continuing to walk down the path wicked men have walked before him. He asks Job if he will continue on those paths where the wicked were cut off and their foundations swept away.

The majority of the world walks a path of wickedness and sin with no vision of God in their lives. Everything is about self and pleasing self, over others and rejection of God and His ways. It is an open and visible path no matter where one lives or looks, but leads to death.

Some believers in the church have chosen to continue to walk down that path, even though they have claimed a belief in Jesus. It is an easy path to walk, because everyone is doing it. They are just going with the flow of society.

God has a straight path for believers to walk. It is not always clear, nor easy. It is filled with trouble and challenges as Jesus has promised. However, in spite of all the troubles, it is also filled with hope, a future and an abundant and eternal life.

One must be willing to refuse to walk the dead path that the world is walking on and choose the path of God.

Each and every day you must be willing to choose what path you are going to walk that day. The world will lay out a path that appears to be easy and fun but ends with death apart from God. At the same time, God lays out a path for you that may be difficult and challenging but is filled with life.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived into walking the path of the world filled with temporary pleasures and death in the end. Choose to follow God and walk His path for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you to walk; that God will give you strength to walk His path; that you will know the abundant life God has for you; and that God will keep you from being deceived by the world.

Job 21:7-9 Temporary Surface Success

Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty in power? Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. Job 21:7-9

In every nation and community, a person can look around and see someone who is very wealthy or in high level of power and in older age. Many of those who are these positions do not have very high standards of living. Those with high standards of living appear to be in much lower positions in life.

Job complains about how the wicked can live and become old with a long line of descendants with no fear. God does not appear to punish them at all.

Looking on the surface, many people appear to have everything going great for them, having great success. There does not seem to be any problems or difficulties in their lives, and they are getting what they want.

Sinful lifestyles are lived and promoted by the wealthy and prominent of the world. On the surface God does not seem to care about what they are doing and is letting them get away with sin in their lives with no fear of punishment, while many believers are suffering from harm in many different ways, and this can be very discouraging.

Believers must remember that God is patient and does not want any to perish. He is also holding off punishment until the day of judgement when Jesus returns. Although the majority of the world is living in sin, there will come a day of judgement in which they will pay for their sins.

Instead of complaining about the world, believers must remember that at one time they were also just like the world. Living for God may cost today, but it will be worth it in the end.

It may feel like you are getting the raw end of the stick and are suffering while the world appears to be living it up in sin. Do not focus on what the world is getting by with today, but remember that there will come a day when they will be punished for their sins.

Just as they will be punished, you will be rewarded for your faithfulness to God. Hold on to the eternal hope you have that the world cannot know without Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the rewards God has for you some day; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; and that you will trust God’s timing in judging the world.