For a little while…

In Job 24, we see that Job does not understand how God  can allow the strong to exploit the weak? When will judgment come? Why? When? How?

Kim Riddlebarger comments in a sermon on this section of Job:

None of this fits with Job’s hope in a coming redeemer.

It is not until we come to Job 24:22-25 that Job’s “thinking out loud,” comes to its logical conclusion.

But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they become established, they have no assurance of life. He may let them rest in a feeling of security, but his eyes are on their ways. For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain. `If this is not so, who can prove me false and reduce my words to nothing?’

Yes, the wicked will get what is coming to them! No doubt, there is truth in what his friends have been saying. God will judge the wicked who exploit others. What Job cannot yet answer is that question which has haunted him from the beginning. None of this applies to him. And yet, why is he suffering?