WHEN THE WICKED PROSPER

Posted: June 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.” Psalm 73:12

It’s almost unfair that good people work long hours, put in a days work and yet struggle to make ends meet while keeping their faith steadfast in Christ, only to see others get ahead who live like the devil. Still, with their hard work and faith in God, there are days where it seems as though the hole never appears shorter and they are further from coming out. Still, they continue every day, like clock work doing what is right, not because they have to, but because the light which resonates within them (which is Christ) conditions them to keep pressing on, even though it feels useless and the goal of being obedient to the word pertaining to hard work seems laborious. Yet it all becomes even more frustrating when we see those who have no moral compass guiding them, who live for the moment, seem to find no struggle in life and yet they prosper as if they have their own private genie, granting them endless bounty of wealth and good luck.

It’s always unsettling to the spirit when the believer does everything right, yet life is a struggle, still the wicked continue to prosper. This does not escape God’s view, for he sees all, knows all and he records everything – nothing escapes him. So why does the wicked prosper many times and the believer always seems to struggle at times in life?

The word says in Matthew 5:45 “so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.Everything happens for a reason, even if those who live a riotous life often appear to prosper, the truth is, their prosperity is only for a moment, then they must face the creator of the universe.

I heard a well known wife of an evangelist make a comment not long ago that they sowed seed into certain “ministries” (even though these ministries are false) and she proclaimed how God blessed them beyond measure, even though they themselves preach a false gospel, even heretical teachings. Yet, here they are, proclaiming how God is blessing them – and they have the bank account to show for it. For a moment I grew angry, because so many true, honest and sincere believers who do strive to live a life pleasing to the Lord, give all they have, and I wondered where is their reward?

That’s when God reminded me that while there are times that even wolves will prosper, for the believer, their reward is waiting for them. Notice what Jesus said concerning rewards, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;” (Matthew 6:19-20)

God blesses his people, it is enough that we remain faithful to the Lord in all that he has told us to do, even if it seems as though one might never see the light of day, the truth is, God will bless his children in his own time. Don’t look at the wicked and what they are reaping, for while it might be true that they are reaping abundance of wealth, fame, or getting the better offers, keep in mind that this is only temporary, for everything they do and receive shall fade away. They will, in time, reap everything they are due them (if they do not repent).

What we must do as believers is pray for those who seemingly prosper but their hearts are darkened by sin, and we reach out to them by sharing with them the gospel. Keep in mind they are prospering from sin, and Satan always pays hard wages, but some will find themselves face down in the mire from their wages of sin and decadent living that we, the church, must find and embrace, showing the love of Christ.

Yes, for a season the wicked do prosper. But God makes it clear that while the wicked might prosper in this life, at the judgment, their riches, their prosperity will not be found, for it has faded into the pages of eternity, never to be seen again, and the only thing they will be asked is not how much net worth they possessed, or how many vacation homes they had, or how many European vacations they traveled, but did they know Jesus Christ? That is the only thing that will matter.

But for the believer who is working, laboring and striving to remain faithful, it might seem you are going no where, but you must press on, even if unseen, you must press on. There shall come a day when God moves in your life, but until then, trust him, believe in what he has said to you and remain faithful, even in the hard times – remain faithful. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

 

 

Comments
  1. Jane James says:

    Hi Chris. As I look at this picture it reminds me of Rick Joyner.

    Maranatha Jane

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow,I needed this today.This,is exactly how I am feeling.

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