Today's Devotion (Friday)

Reward Of The Wicked

JOB 27:11-23

Key Verse:

"Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night" (Job 27:20).

Most times, it seems wicked people are having all things their own way - wealth, power, good health and so on while the righteous is afflicted. "When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end". In the text, we are told of the portion of the wicked. "If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep". The silver he heaps up as dust and raiment he prepares would be enjoyed eventually by others – by the righteous. His wealth might disappear in just one night. Also his death would be sudden and unannounced. The doom that awaits the wicked is a theme that runs through the Scripture. The fall of man signalled man’s departure from the will of God. Man went his own way and the righteous God must have to judge man’s waywardness. From the judgement with flood at Noah’s time to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and other judgements in the Scriptures, God continues to say "Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him". No man that continues in evil without repenting can escape God’s righteous judgement. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). The way to avoid the judgement of God is through genuine repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. That done, a consistent life of righteousness and holiness is needful for the earnest believer to anchor fast on the shores of Jordan above.

Thought for the day: God is not willing that any should perish.

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