Job refuted Zophar’s idea that evil people never experience wealth and happiness, pointing out that in reality, wicked people do indeed prosper. God does as he wills to individuals. People can not use their circumstances to measure their own goodness or God’s. Success to Job’s friends was based on outward performance. Success to God, however, is based on the individual’s heart.
Verse 3 – Job’s friends had acted as though they were giving Job consolation, but Job contended they were instead mocking him.
Verse 7 – Job said that his friends statements about short-lived success of the wicked were wrong. Job stated in fact, the wicked often live long prosperous lives in position of power.
Verses 8-13 – Contrary to his friends assertions , Job felt the wicked live out their lives and leave behind children who were also successful and prosperous.
Verses 14, 15 – Job’s view was that the wicked succeed even while rejecting the “All Mighty.” They neither serve Him nor recognize His lordship.
Verse 19 – Job’s rhetorical question implies that despite the wicked person’s acts of evil and flagrant defiance of God, it does not appear that the Lord disciplines them.
Verse 18 – Wind-blown straw and chaff often symbolize judgment. As Job saw it, the wicked often escape judgment while living. Job’s remarks came from his pessimism because of his suffering, and they do not accurately reflect Biblical teaching.
Verse 22 – Although Job was baffled by the reason for his suffering, Job affirmed God’s superior understanding by asking, “Can anyone teach knowledge to God?” The way we respond to our personal sufferings shows our attitude towards God and others even when it is sometimes difficult to see God is in control. We must commit ourselves to Him so we will not resent His timing.
Verse 28 – When Job’s friends spoke of the loss of a noble-mans house and goods, he knew they were talking about him. It was a painful reminder of Job losing his family.
Verses 29-33 – Have you ever asked, “If wicked people can become prosperous, then why should I try so hard to do what’s right?” The truth is : The final settlement of justice will not come in this life, but in the next. What is important is how we view God in prosperity or poverty, not the prosperity or poverty itself!