Job 21: What If We Don’t Understand Everything?


We made it to the halfway point of Job, and in chapter 21, Job makes an important point that his friends have been overlooking.

Job 21:7  Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

He points out that even though all of his friends are continually saying how bad he must’ve been to bring down this kind of punishment on himself, there are many wicked people who are still doing well in the world. They have positions of power, and their children are fine. Their houses did not get demolished, and they still have their income.

If punishment came because of wickedness, then why were they still doing well?

He keeps going with this idea.

Job 21:14  Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

Job 21:15  What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

You can see this a lot today. People don’t think that they need God because they are pretty happy with what is going on down here on earth. They have money and a rather comfortable life. It seems that everything is going well, and in their opinions, God will not make anything better. They do not believe that there is any profit there, and as we have talked about before, Christianity does take some sacrifices.

At this point in the chapter, you have to hope that Job will find some kind of resolution. The questions that he is asking are still being asked around the world every day.

This is basically what it comes down to for him. This is his resolution.

Job 21:22  Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

We might not understand why God operates in a certain way. Job did not understand what was going on throughout this entire book. However, he had a baseline truth that he knew and drew his conclusions from that.

He knew that God was omniscient, and he knew that God was above all of the earth. Even if you don’t understand the circumstances, from those two truths, it is certainly reasonable to conclude that God does have a plan, and He does know what He is doing. If you add the additional truth that God is the actual definition of good (Psalms 100:5), then you know that the plans must be good on some level even though it might not appear that way from Earth.

Job did not deny God through all of this. He used what he did understand to inform what he did not understand and make a little bit of sense of what was going on.

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About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

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