Verse 7 contains the heart of what Eliphaz believes – good happens to good people, bad to bad. Eliphaz can say such wonderful words eg 5:17, yet heap false guilt upon his friend. Eliphaz sees God disciplining Job for sin, not Job suffering because he lives in a world broken by sin.
Eliphaz bases his understanding of what he believes about this situation in a fractured theology.
At the heart of Eliphaz’s thinking is as Stuart Snr says, v7 of chapter 4, and v8 which says, “As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.”
We know that from our eyes perspective, what we see in the world (not taking into account the heavenly realities, which we saw in chapter 1 – That the wicked do prosper, and that the righteous in Jesus do come under trouble and persecution.
Psalm 73 v3 says, “For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” And v12 says, “Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.”
Does this sound like what Eliphaz thinks is happening?
It is the spiritual realities, that we cannot see, which Eliphaz is forgetting.
The psalmist though, knows the truth of the matter. In v26 of Psalm 73 we read, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Praise God that in Jesus, our Forever King, we have an eternal hope that is beyond what we see!