When Evil Seems to Pay

“..fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (Ps. 37:7)

Sometimes it can get very frustrating to look around see all the wickedness around us and especially when it seems that the ungodly are going unpunished; it seems as if they are getting away with their wickedness.

But, in the context of Psalm 37, David has been reminding God’s people not to worry about what the ungodly are doing. In (v.1) he says, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers…” We can get our attention on them and become envious of the fact that they seem to be prospering, even when we are struggling. That’s why the next part of (v.1) says, “neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” In other words, don’t think for one moment that doing evil pays. It doesn’t!

There are two reasons why David says we should not focus, fret, or be frustrated over the apparent prosperity of the wicked:

FIRST—Because of the DEMISE of the UNGODLY.

(v.2) says, “For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” As Christians, we are not to look at the wicked as if they will get away with their wickedness. Not so. God is keeping an accurate record of their evil. They may stand up proudly and boast of their success in wickedness, right now, but make no mistake about it, there is coming a day when they “shall soon be cut down…”

SECOND—Because of the DESTINY of the GODLY.

(v.9) says, “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” One day the tables with turn. Those who are prospering in their wickedness, today, but will be cut off, tomorrow. But God’s people who are suffering, today, will be exalted in the end.

Don’t let Satan get your eyes on the wicked around you. If you see that person at work who lives ungodly yet seems to be prospering while you are trying to do right and are struggling, just remember, God has the accurate record. Payday is coming. Just keep on doing right.

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