Job 21:33 The Grass Looks Greener

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The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them. Job 21:33 

Watching other people always makes it appear as if they have things better. Looking  at the lives from the outside it appears if absolutely everything is going great for the other person and that there is no troubles or problems in life.

Poor people often watch the rich drive around in fancy cars and live in big mansions and think that the person has it made. Some of those who are ‘making it’ do not live a good life or stand for bad things, yet, seem to have everything easy for them.

Job’s friends had been pointing out how there is only disaster and turmoil for the wicked. Now Job points out how the wicked do not appear to have any problems. Everything that they do is great, though it is against God. The wicked appear to thrive with everyone following them and God does not do anything to them.

Believers who are walking through a difficult trial in life often think as Job did. They cannot understand how they are suffering as they faithfully serve God, yet, those who reject God and are against Him are prospering.

Every believer must remember that Jesus promised that there would be trouble and suffering in this world and that the world would reject and hate them. These are the very things that occurred to Jesus, who was perfect and did not wrong.

One must not look on the outside of the lives of the wicked and think that they have it made. On the outside it may look beautiful and the grass looks greener, but on the inside they are full of turmoil and eventual punishment.

As a believer, you can take a look at your life and see where you really are. The closer you are walking with God, the more the world will hate you and the more struggles you may go through. It is only when you get close to God that the world will try to take you down.

Do not look at the wicked and be jealous for what they appear to have going for them. Yes, they are prospering now, but when it comes to the end, every wicked person, who has rejected Jesus, will be punished for eternity. They will lose in the end.

Hold on to the promise you have in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in serving God; that God will remove the desire for what the world offers; and that you will serve God with all of your heart and life. 

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Job 18:21 Implied Judgement

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.