reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
Their offspring are established in their presence,
and their descendants before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear,
and no rod of God is upon them.
Their bull breeds without fail;
their cow calves and does not miscarry.
They send out their little boys like a flock,
and their children dance.
They sing to the tambourine and the lyre
and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.
They spend their days in prosperity,
and in peace they go down to Sheol.
They say to God, ‘Depart from us!
We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’
Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand?
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.” Job 21:7-16
When you are down, you notice everyone who is up. Job’s exaggerated claims about how well it goes for the wicked says more about how angry he is about his own situation. And his three visitors aren’t helping.
Likewise, when you are blessed and happy, it is amazing what a fountain of advice you are to the foolish or lazy. To you, it’s all a matter of following instructions.
Today I look back on how we’ve lived and I believe we made a lot of good choices, and some bad ones. It’s tempting to connect the dots between some of the bad results and all of those choices. Surely, we must have done something wrong. If only. Meanwhile, you see people who did wrong who are getting better results.
Discouragement is a choice. So is envy. We must wait on the goodness of God during the days of trouble. It is He from whom all goodness comes, whenever it comes.