Fly Away

Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds, he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’ He will fly away like a dream and not be found; he will be chased away like a vision of the night. The eye that saw him will see him no more, nor will his place any more behold him. His children will seek the favor of the poor, and his hands will give back his wealth. His bones are full of his youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the dust.
Job 20:6–11
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Fly Away
Zophar continues to exhort Job to repent of his wicked ways as he explains to him that only the wicked suffer as Job suffers.  He makes some very astute observations concerning the wicked.  Zophar points out that even though they may seem to be at the top of their game, resting on the top of the mountain, above all else, it is only temporary, as this will fly away like a dream and not be found.  What Zophar fails to see though is that this does not always happen in this life.  Too be sure, all the material wealth and temporal success in the world cannot buy an unrepentant soul a place in heave, but it does not necessarily mean they will suffer in this life.  Zophar sees Job as proof of his assertion.  Job had it all, but now has nothing.  And this is so often the lens in which the world looks at things.  Those who are successful must be good those who are not must be bad.  This is a judgement call based solely on the material.  What Zophar fails to see and what the devil does not want us to see is that Job may have lost all his material wealth, his health, and all temporal blessings, he did not lose his faith.  And it is the Holy Spirit given faith to know that Christ Jesus is our Lord and has reconciled us to the Father which see us though this valley of sorrow to a life eternal with Christ. And so as just as sure as those whose hope and trust is placed in the things of this world, will fly way to a desolate place, so too will we who trust in Christ crucified fly away, yet not to that desolate place. As the old gospel hymn sings, “Some glad morning when this life is over, I'll fly away. To a home on God's celestial shore, I'll fly away.”
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