“One man dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease, his body well nourished, his bones rich with marrow. Another man dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good. Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both.” (Job 21:23–26, NIV 1984).
My Musings – To Job, who thought he had lived a just and honorable life, this seemed like an incredible injustice. It seems so unfair! And so it seems to many down through the ages until today. Abraham had a similar concern. “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:23, 25, NIV 1984).
But what have we done, what could we do, to compel “the Judge of all the earth do right” by us? When the “righteous” and the wicked lie side by side in the dust, with worms covering them both, is the Judge of all the earth doing wrong? Is He being unfair? Is He being unjust? “Far be it from [us] to [claim] such a thing!” Should the final destiny of lying in the dust await us all in the end, God is being just, not unjust. For “as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have gone wrong; no one does good, not even one.’ ” (Romans 3:10–12, NIV 1984).
Dust and worms are not the end of the matter, however. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves [dust and worms] will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good [believes] will rise to live, and those who have done evil [does not believe] will rise to be condemned. I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just.” (John 5:24, 28–29, 30, NIV 1984). Some will get mercy and some will get justice. No ones gets injustice. The Judge of the earth will do right.
My Advice – Where you go when you hear His voice in the grave, depends on what you do when you hear His voice while living. Can you hear Him calling now? Make sure you respond to the call. If not, when you hear it from the grave, you will be unable to resist being called out to “be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47–48, NIV 1984).