A Meditation: On Job 21:16 // Depend On Divine Providence //
by Matheus Yuhlung
“Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me” – Job 21:16 (KJV)
In NIV the latter half of this verse is written as – so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked. In a broad sense, it’ll mean to remove oneself from a relationship. And this relationship does not necessarily mean – eating, drinking, smoking and making merriment with ungodly people. That’s a point understood that it is bad – but worst I believe is getting influenced by the company of unbelievers no matter how good a moral report they might enjoy in the eyes of the society.
Many a times I hear young Christians admiring the struggles/success stories of secular celebrities in their pursuit of stardom or the older ones taking examples of eminent public figures – be it politicians, billionaires, entrepreneurs, scholars et cetera at how they defeated all odds to raise above all.
It breaks my heart. And yet I’m only a sinner. How much more pain would God feel when He witnesses such incidents? Because it is written lo, their good is not in their hand or for more clarity consider NIV; it says but their prosperity is not in their hands. Their success is not their deserts. Their success is not the outcome of their sweat and scheme.
“Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all” – Ecclesiastes 9:11 (ESV)
We live in a fallen world. Then why admire the ways of its occupants? Even if you disagree stating that you only keep company but never take influences then my friend – the truth is you’re already in the realm of the ungodly because you are trying to justify your associations with the one who mocks at your religion. No matter why the Psalms begins with the following words:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” – Psalm 1:1 (ESV)
Dear Brethren, a successful life does not necessarily means having an aesthetically pleasing physique, a pretty wife, two beautiful children and a loaded bank account; it means living the life that was meant for you to live. Success is when you are living the purpose driven life.
Hence, withdraw dear brethren from the council of the wicked; depend only on divine providence and the words of the one true living God. Amen.