“Can anyone teach God knowledge, Since He judges those on High? Job 21:22 NKJV
Job wants his friends to listen to him patiently. He continues to argue that sometimes wicked people do prosper, even when they despise God.
There is only one who knows all things. No one can teach Him anything. Only God can judge the heavens and the earth, the living and the dead.
Some things in the bible may seem to contradict each other. They do not.
God is in control of all things but gives us freedom to make our own choices. The rain falls on the just and the unjust but God says evil men will not prosper. God promises to bless and protect people who live by faith in Him but godly people suffer pain and loss.
Who can discern where the sovereignty of God and free will intersect? Just how much will the Lord allow evil to prosper before He pours out His wrath? How much must the servants of God suffer before He brings healing and restoration into their lives?
There are some things only God knows. Perhaps one day He will share the mysteries of His kingdom with us. Until then we must rely on what we do know to fill in the gaps.
God is righteous and holy. He is all powerful and all knowing. His Spirit rests upon every area of creation. He is a God of love and mercy. His favor rests upon us!
God is merciful and longsuffering. He pours out His grace on everyone who calls out to Him. He forgives the undeserving. He blesses people who live by faith in Jesus. The Lord will bring an end to wickedness upon the earth. Only the Father knows when.
God loves us so much He chooses not bring an end to wickedness today. He is waiting for people who live as though He does not exist to turn to faith in Jesus. God is allowing evil to prosper for a season. It will not last forever!
The Lord wants us to see with our own eyes and feel with our own hearts the difference between the goodness of God and the wickedness of sin. God allows us the freedom to sin so we will reap the consequences of disobedience and learn from them!
Through faith in the finished work of Jesus we have the freedom not to live in sin. We have the freedom to bask in the Sonlight of God’s favor. We have the freedom to receive the full measure of God’s mercy grace and forgiveness!
There are many deep and mysterious things we do not know. We do know God is for us and not against us. We know God loves us. We know God does not judge His people according to the flesh. He judges us according to our faith in Jesus Christ!
The full measure of God’s judgment and wrath will be poured out upon the wicked one day. The full measure of His grace mercy and blessing will be poured out upon the faithful throughout eternity. You can choose which you receive. Choose wisely!
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