Job 20

“This is the wicked man's portion from God, the heritage decreed for him by God” (v29). Job’s friend Zophar stubbornly clung to his views on how life treats wicked people and righteous people, despite the evidence of Job’s story. Zophar said that everyone knew (v4) that sinful people have short, miserable lives, and any wealth they earn gets taken away. This satisfied the human expectation of justice, but it ignored the real suffering of innocent people, like Job. Zophar preferred his settled opinions rather than facing the messiness of Job’s life.

We can’t explain all sorrow and suffering. However, we know that our present struggles will be eclipsed by the joy and glory we will one day experience (Rom 8).