Reading in Job this morning, I ran across an interesting passage: Job 27:16-17 (my thoughts mainly on verse 17). It reads…
Though he [the wicked] heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay, 17 what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver. NIV
Adam Clark says of verse 17:
Money is God’s property. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord; ” and though it may be abused for a time by unrighteous hands, God, in the course of his providence, brings it back to its proper use; and often the righteous possess the inheritance of the wicked.
Another verse that says something similar is Proverbs 13:22. It says…
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. RSV
From the Jamieson, Fausset , and Brown Commentary on this verse:
The expression, “is laid up,” implies that there are hidden ways whereby God sustains the godly, though they do not see it with their eyes nor can comprehend it with their mind (T. Cartwright).
As I pondered these comments, I thought of what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23:
So let no one boast of men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apol’los or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours; 23 and you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. RSV
Wow! This is really something. All things are mine. Because I am in Christ all things are mine. These thoughts make me feel so rich, even powerful. I have so much!! And I have no reason to envy the world. They, in the end will have nothing. All that is the worlds will go to me!
These thoughts now make me think of another passage I have recently been reading—from Matthew 13:24-30; 38-43. It is the parable of the wheat and the tares. It simply says that in the end God will gather the wheat and the tares. The tares (those unsaved) will be cast into the furnace of fire and will be burned. But the wheat (the saved, righteous) will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Yes, in the end the evil unsaved will have nothing, but misery and pain, but the righteous saved will have everything!