Job 24: It Isn’t Fair
In Job 24, we are still trying to deal with this problem of why wicked people prosper in the world. For example, why did Adolf Hitler have so much success? Why did he have so much power? Wouldn’t you think that once he started having these bad ideas that God would have stopped him from getting into a position where he could have acted on his thoughts?
Here is what Job ultimately concluded about this problem.
Job 24:22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
Job 24:23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
Job 24:24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
Basically, God does not simply ignore the problem. He is watching what they are actually doing. Because we believe that God is just, even if they are successful for a while, there will ultimately be problems for them because of the sins that they have committed.
I have been reading through Mere Christianity lately (I hopefully will finish it today), and CS Lewis likes to emphasize the fact that humans are really eternal beings. We don’t simply stop existing when we die on earth. That is an important fact for this ultimate sense of justice.
If we are eternal beings, and if God is ultimately in control of eternity, then it certainly makes sense that even if we do not believe that there is justice in a certain situation on earth, there is the potential for eternal justice because we know that God is ultimately just.
It can be hard to keep this in perspective simply because we only see what is on earth and we also only have a human perspective. We only see the current circumstances, and it is not hard to come to the conclusion that life on Earth is not always fair. However, don’t forget that as Christians, we do believe in life after death, and as a result, our ultimate concept of the fairness of God should not be based on simply what we see here on earth. We need to think about more than that.
For these wicked people, eternity will probably not work out so great. They will have to face the consequences of their unbelief and all of the evil that they committed. We should not be cheering for this outcome because we all deserve judgment and only through Jesus can we avoid that, but it does reinforce the concept that God is indeed just.