KEY VERSE: “The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief” (Job 24:14).
Man is governed by a divine order that makes him go out in the morning to labour till sunset in order to provide for his family and dependents. But the wicked turn this order upside down by making the night their day in carrying out their evil activities. It is a perplexing situation for man in his limited understanding and knowledge to understand why certain things do happen.
For instance, why do the wicked seem to prosper in this life? “The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face”. Job’s friends knew that the prosperity of the wicked was for a brief moment. They had reasoned that Job’s suffering was as a result of his sins and concluded that God had at last visited him with divine judgment.
They concluded that he was among the wicked, who “are exalted for a little while but are gone and brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others”. The truth was that Job did not suffer for any sin he committed. The righteous may suffer affliction but the Lord will surely deliver him. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all”. It is better to suffer for righteousness’ sake than for sin and wickedness. Some afflictions are permitted by God to strengthen our spiritual muscles and to teach us to wholly depend on Him.
If you search yourself and discover that the affliction you are passing through is not on account of any sin, do not give in but wholeheartedly wait for God’s perfect timing for deliverance and liberty. Storms should not alarm the believer, for they must cease.
Thought for the day: The confidence of the believer is in God’s righteousness.
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 21-22