Where is Justice? (Job 21-23)

Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? (Job 21:7)

Job’s friends argued with him that the suffering he was dealing with was as a result of his sin.  If he simply removed the sin, his life would suddenly be all roses.  Job wasn’t too pleased with their perspective because he understood a deeper truth: good behavior doesn’t always lead to the outcomes we expect in life.

In Job’s case, he was so concerned with living rightly before the Lord that he went so far as to offer sacrifices in case his children sinned and didn’t realize it.  Job’s life was upright, and as readers with an omniscient perspective, we can see that.  Job argued with his friends, encouraging them to take a look at how the wicked enjoy prosperity and old age.  Do they deserve such blessing?  Not at all.  And yet, God allows them to be blessed anyway.  

We can’t be so quick to assume that our good behavior will somehow earn us an easy life.

In fact, the whole point of the Gospel message is that we can’t be good enough to earn God’s grace.  If we could, then Jesus wouldn’t have had to come to die.  I don’t know why God allows bad things to happen to seemingly good people and good things to happen to seemingly bad people.  What I do know is that He is sovereign, and He is working on making me into the person He wants me to be.  He knows what is best for me and He knows what is best for others, so I will simply trust Him.

God, there are moments when it seems like I deserve something different in life than what you have given me.  But the truth is, I don’t really deserve anything good – all good things I have are an undeserved gift from you.  Please help me to trust that the challenging circumstances you allow me to face are for the sake of making me into the person you want me to be.  

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.


  1. Seth, I feel like like I am suffering along with Job in these chapters. They are killing me!!!!

    • Try writing a blog post for each of the readings! 😉 It’s tough! I have to say, though, I’ve enjoyed it more this time through than the other times.

  2. Jessi Morton says:

    Thanks for posting each day! It helps me to make sure I am understanding the passage properly. Great sermon & delivery Sunday by the way. Praying for you & your little family.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Jessi! We sure appreciate the prayers, as well. I’m glad to know you’re reading along – it’s encouraging to have others with me for the ride!

  3. Tina Weber says:

    This is a subject I have always struggled with – why bad things happen to good people and vice versa. Your comments are a good reminder that I need to stay focused on my own life and not compare myself to others.

    • Thanks, Tina! I know what you mean about this being hard to understand. I think the Lord has taught me that He is molding and shaping me, and that the difficulties are the best way for Him to do that – in spite of the pain involved. I appreciate you reading along!


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