“How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?” (21:17)
This book is full of assumptions about God rewarding good and disciplining evil. Indeed, it is what we often struggle with and somehow came to expect.
But then it hit me:
If the world was made up of a reward-wrath system based on reacting to the daily whims of 7 million people, IT WOULD BE TOTAL CHAOS.
Thank God our actions don’t have that much affect. Thank God we are nearly powerless. Thank God He holds things in balance while we rage and rejoice; tossing and turning.
While we’d like to be rewarded for every good thing we do, it is not going to happen, because the world does not revolve around us.
Certainly, there are natural consequences to things, both good and bad. Probably, you will do well in this world if you live justly, kindly, and humbly. In many cases you do “reap what you sow”, but also there is a lot more going on. We cannot shake our fists at God as if we are the only people here.
We joke about this in sports. Which team’s fan’s prayers will be answered favorably? We joke about this in weather. Will the LORD bring the farmer his rain, or will He hold it off for the bride’s big day?
Do we ever think that our affliction is the answer to someone else’s blessing? Probably not, because we are self centered by nature.
It makes sense that when God eventually responds to Job, it’s largely a “you don’t know what you’re talking about”.
We don’t know what we are talking about. We don’t have the perspective to be viable judges. We think God will wield the universe in accordance to our deeds and it is just not so. Thank God.
We need to take a step back from our own drama and put things into perspective. What will that look like for you today?