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The Prosper of the Wicked

John Collins05/18/2012
After Zophar spoke out against Job, condemning him because he did not prosper, Job responded with the Truth in Job 21.

Job asked Zophar to bear with him, and he could continue mocking after he said his part.  

He asked, "Is my complaint against man?  and why should I not be impatient?  Look at me and be appalled at my misery!"

Job said the wicked live, reach an old age, and grow mighty in power.  Their offspring are established the same, before the very eyes of the wicked.  

Their houses are safe from fear, no rod of God is upon them.  They are very prosperous, and filled with singing.  In peace, they go all the way down into hell, all the time rejecting God.

Job said they were like a straw in the wind, a chaff that the storm carries away.  While Zophar said that 'God stores up their iniquity for their children,' Job said, "then let him pay it out so everyone can see it!"  While they sit mighty, another dies in the bitterness of his soul, having never tasted prosperity.  

Job asked why Zophar would accept the testimony of the travelers, but would not accept his.  He said, "How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?  There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  When everyone is speaking falsehood against us, do we stand like Job, or do we fall like Zophar?  When we point out things of God, are we attacked by things of man?  When we are told that we are wicked and will fall, do we realize that it is the men of God that are tested and tried?  While others rejoice in their prosper, do we rejoice in our accusations?  Do we realize that they are empty falsehoods and prove our devotion to God?