Job 20: Do You Get Rich by Following the Rules?
I have an incredible surprise. Job’s friend Zophar is still convinced that Job must have done something wrong to bring all of this punishment onto himself. Job 20 essentially describes a lot of what we have heard before. He outlines what a wicked man is and very strongly implies that Job is among that company.
Here is the conclusion that he came to at the end of the chapter.
Job 20:27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
Job 20:28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
Job 20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
I hope that this sounds somewhat familiar to you. Zophar was trying to use the evidence that Job lost everything he possessed to conclude that God must be mad at him because of his wickedness.
On the surface, you would think that this type of attitude would make sense. If we do well, you would think that we would receive blessings. It seems like cause and effect. You do good, and good happens to you.
However, that is an incredibly earthly attitude. First of all, “good” needs to be defined as the will of God. If we do what is in the will of God, then we will be blessed according to the will of God. It may not be materially as we are never promised that in the Bible, but we are told that if we do follow God, we will be rewarded eternally.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Eternal life is an incredible reward. Following God provides that. Material condition on earth is in no way indicative of our sins. It is not as if poor people have been extra bad and rich people have been especially good. We all have an obligation to follow God wherever He leads us regardless of circumstances. Zophar did not understand that, but I hope that we all do.