Apostle Grace Lubega
Job 21:7-15 (KJV); Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty,that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
Job, a righteous man who experienced in a very short time, more than a man should ever have to bear in an entire lifetime, asked himself the kind of question that plagues the minds of many believers.
He despaired over why wicked people seem to prosper, increase in wealth and enjoy the fruits of their wickedness. He was bothered by their boldness in assuming that they have no use for a relationship with God.
Like Job, one then wonders, is it worth it to know God? Does it matter if one seeks His face, walks in His statutes and serves Him? If the wicked prosper in their wickedness and God seems to observe them with not much care for their ways, what then is the purpose of obedience, piety, holiness and righteousness?
David, the man after God’s own heart was no stranger to these questions. He says, “For I was envious of the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?” (Psalm 73).
These realities were too painful for David and provoked him to inquire in the sanctuary of God. When he did so, the Lord helped him understand how the wicked end up (Psalm 73:17-19). But most importantly, David discovered some great truths. His discovery compelled him to confess, “So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee” (Psalm 73:22).
It is surely the zenith of foolishness and ignorance when one compares himself to a wicked man and dares to think, even for just a moment, that the wicked man is better than him. The covenant we have with God gives us an immeasurable advantage over any man who is not a part of this covenant.
David’s heart uncovered the ultimate truth: it matters to know God. Knowing God makes the difference! In the same chapter, he says, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.”
Never measure your devotion to God against the success of a rebellious and wicked man. You are better than any man who is not in a relationship with the Most High God. Never forget that.
FURTHER STUDY: Psalm 73, Jeremiah 12:1-5
GOLDEN NUGGET: Never measure your devotion to God against the success of a rebellious and wicked man. You are better than any man who is not in a relationship with the Most High God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. It matters that I know You. My heart rejoices in the communion and fellowship I have with You. You are my source, my light, my strength in ages past and my hope in ages to come. You are the fourth man in the fire, the God on whom my heart is set. I live and breathe for You. I will never forget this truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.