Read Job 20
Focus on verse 5
Why do the wicked prosper – is a question asked not just by the Prophet Jeremiah (Jer 12:1) but one that has often lingered in my mind when I have witnessed the prosperity of obviously god-less people. The question becomes even more poignant when we witness the suffering of presumably “good” people.
While Zophar will be rebuked by the Lord for his insinuation that Job is suffering on account of some hidden wickedness within him, his assessment of the future of the wicked is helpful in several ways.
He does not deny that the there are some wicked people who experience prosperity and even some joy in that prosperity for much of their lives yet he adds that it is a temporary joy that people experience apart from God. While those who rebel against God might experience prosperity and enjoyment of that prosperity and the freedom it brings for much of their lifetime that lifetime will be the extent of it. On the other hand those who submit to God and walk in obedience to Him may experience times of testing and hardship for much of their lives, however, they can experience true joy in the midst of those hardships, and have the promise of everlasting joy in the presence of God for eternity.
There are also those like Job before his great trial, which God blesses with great prosperity even as they walk in obedience to Him. The thing about this scenario is that with great prosperity comes great responsibility for those who desire to walk in obedience to God. One of the greatest joys of prosperity is the ability to bless others with that which God has entrusted to you. What many who have been faithful with their prosperity have found is that you cannot out give God.
I have personally experienced that when I have attempted to hoard the prosperity of God’s provision for myself, it soon evaporates; reminding me that God is not blessing me simply for my own benefit. Most often when God blesses us beyond what we need for daily provisions, He has some purpose in mind for the extra portion, and He expects us to wait and seek His will in regard to how to pay it forward.