When The Wicked Prospers
As a child, were you ever told that if another child hits you, you can hit them back? Some parents are fine with this philosophy because it is natural to want the violator to suffer the consequences of their actions, in hopes of preventing them from doing it again. It is called karma; what goes around will come back around to you. Biblically it says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. However, this doesn’t give us the go ahead to take matters into our own hands. So what happens when the violator seem to get a pass? What do you do when the wicked prospers?
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “wicked”, my mind travels to the Halloween season to describe something that is a figment of my imagination. In actuality, the term wicked simply means to be morally wrong, corrupt and sinful. It’s not about ghosts and goblins. A wicked person can be of any background, religion, or economic status. That includes Christians. So as a Christian that is trying to live morally right and obedient to God, I have had thoughts before of how unfair it is when I see the wicked prosper.
Don’t act like I’m the only one.
It is natural to want to person who misused, abused or betrayed you in some way, to suffer the consequences of their actions. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen on our time table, nor is it for us to determine. When we are mistreated, we want the offender to feel the effects of their actions immediately. It may even seem to you, and fool the other person as well, that they have gotten off free from facing any consequences. We should not worry about what has or hasn’t happened because God has already stated that vengeance is His and He will repay. All we need to do is be still. Unfortunately, being still feels like counterproductive, but God wants us to wait on Him to act. Waiting often feels like you are accepting the injustice that has taken place, but all of this is far from the truth. The enemy wants to play us and make us think that our offender is living the life and able to do as they please without any suffering. So while the wicked are living their best life, you are stuck in bitterness, unforgiveness and strife. This now places you in bondage and prevents you from moving forward. So who is really suffering now?
We can’t live our lives based on when the wicked are going to suffer. Think about how much you can be doing to progress in life if you shift your focus off of what someone did to you, and put it on what you can do to better yourself. Take comfort in knowing that those who have done evil will have their day. Don’t allow what you see on the outside to make you feel that all is well in their world. Social media especially, has afforded many to portray a life that they truly are not living. So do not allow yourself to get caught up in the facade. Nothing gets by God. If you were mistreated, seek the Lord to help you accept what happened and to get over it. Whether they are prospering or pretending as if they are doing well, God has promised that the wicked will have their day of destruction. If you trust in God, He will right your wrongs and shift you into what He has for you. Be patient and wait. God has not forgotten you.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.” – Psalm 37:7 & 9