Job 24 has Job explaining the way the wicked live. He lists out all sorts of atrocities and evil that people do. And he questions why God’s ways are not made clear to them. “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days”. Since God knows and sees everything, how come the wicked seem to be kept in the dark about what God expects? How do they slide by His judgment, at least for a while? It seems the wicked prosper and get by with things that are inconsistent with who God is and what He would allow.
The list is long and oppressive. The weak, poor, children, orphan, wounded are all taken advantage of. Heartless things are mentioned as their plight. Job cries out that “God charges no one with wrong”. He doesn’t understand or accept what happens. He understands how wicked people can be, and wants God to demonstrate His righteous justice on them. He believes the wicked should be punished, and he lists sinner after sinner that seem to escape God’s wrath.
“There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths”. Job describes the reality that sin often happens under cover of darkness – it isn’t done in the open as people believe they can get away with it in the dark. We deceive ourselves if we think we can do anything without God knowing. Darkness doesn’t hinder God’s awareness of our sin. But it is easier to walk with Him if we stay in the light and remove the temptation to believe we might get away with something. “His eyes are upon their ways. There are no secrets!
Judgment will come. “They are exalted a little while, and then are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like the heads of grain”. A day of reckoning is on the calendar. Each of us will stand before God and give account for our lives. Job’s issue is that people get away living in wickedness until that day comes. And he is so confident in his belief that he challenges anyone to contradict what he says. “If it is not so, who will prove me a liar and show that there is nothing in what I say?” God does reign. He will hold all to account.