Vs. 25, “If this is not so, who can prove me false and reduce my words to nothing.” Job spends this whole chapter responding to his friends why he disagrees on their assertion that God punishes the wicked swiftly. Job shares many examples of the unjust and how they seemingly thrive in their sinful ways. Job is not denying that God doesn’t deal with evil, but rather sharing another example why his friends are wrong in their thinking. Job gives us a vivid picture of greedy men who steal the lands of others and brought upon oppression to the victims (vs. 1-11). We also are reminded of sins such as murder and adultery that grow rampant (vs. 12-17). And lastly, Job shares the hope for justice upon these sinners (vs. 18-25).
Regarding application…Looking to Others. Vs. 1, “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days.” Job’s friends were approaching all of this with their own subjective point of view. But Job reminds them of the suffeing of others and how they are affected by the sinners who always seem to get away with it. Often, when we are going through tough times we can fall into a “self-pity” mode and don’t have the ability to be sensitive to others. But Job looks past his own struggles to realize there are many just like him who perhaps have even suffered more than him. I remember when I spent a month at Jefferson Hospital (I told the CTC Youth group of this recently) when I was a teenager. I was so lost in my own sorrows, but when I stepped away from this world and saw the sufferings of others…I couldn’t help but try to reach out to them too. When I looked to others, I realized that the world doesn’t just revolve around me. But the bigger lesson in all of this is twofold. #1, God will heal us and #2, God will bring justice to this world!