“Why do the wicked prosper,
growing old and powerful?
They live to see their children grow up and settle down,
and they enjoy their grandchildren.
Their homes are safe from every fear,
and God does not punish them.”
-Job 21:7-9, NLT
This lament of Job is comforting.
It is comforting in as it exists in the Bible. God made sure His records included a statement about this very human experience. He has a respected person in Scripture voice an all too common experience.
This lament tells us that it is okay to feel this way.
It gives us permission.
We can be real.
God can handle our pain. He can handle our anger and frustration.
So much of dealing with infidelity comes with a boat-load of injustice. I know I can relate to times when my (now) ex-wife seemed to prosper even though she was orchestrating the apparent–at the time–destruction of my life through her treacherous sin.
It did not seem fair.
The wicked seemed to prosper.
This is not how the story ends. Job finds restoration of his wealth and well-being. And the New Testament speaks of a reckoning where God calls each person to account for his or her actions while living (see 2 Corinthians 5:10).
That said, I remain comforted. When I feel like the wicked are prospering, I can rest in the knowledge that I am not alone in this feeling. I am in good company.
It is okay for me to feel this way.