Did you ever wonder why it is that the bad guys so often seem to win? Maybe it’s a promotion at work, or just things working out right for them, and they seem to do well. It’s not always the bad guys, but too often it is. Those who mistreat others, lie about them, and push their way to the top, succeed. The supervisor is a lot of times the one who is rude and doesn’t mind putting other’s heads on the chopping block. Then there are the criminals, the drug dealers who live in beautiful mansions on the beach. They live in luxury, all at the expense of others. It even extends into politics. So many promises are made, only to be forgotten when the right bribe comes along.
You can really get discouraged when you see this over and over, and eventually you say “what is going on!” It can make you down right angry. This world is out of order! Things aren’t as they should be, and it has been this way a long time.
In Psalm 35, David cried out to God about his enemies unjustly accusing him, and rejoicing over his troubles, even though he never treated them that way. He prayed for his enemies in their time of need, like he would have prayed for his own mother. Some thanks he got. Job 14:1 says,”Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived, and full of turmoil. Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.” It really is so.
But Psalm 37 gives us great comfort. Here God tells us not to get upset when the wicked prosper, and not to be envious of their success. “For they will quickly wither like the grass and fade like the green herb.” Psalm 37:2. God encourages us to do good and commit ourselves uno Him and be patient. He specifically tells us not to allow ourselves to be angry about the situation, because anger leads to sin. In this chapter is the often quoted, “better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.” Psalm 37:16. If you go from Psalm 37 to Psalm 73 God very clearly tells the end of the wicked. “But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.” Psalm 73:2-5. “Till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!” Psalm 73:17-19. “Yet I am always with You; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” Psalm 73:23-24
It is all a matter of time. Just like children being raised by their teacher, our Father is teaching us His ways. We draw near to Him, hold close His Word, and know He is not finished yet. The day will come when everything is put in its rightful place. His kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. “What no eye has has seen and no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived—the things God has prepared for those who love Him. These are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10.
We have to be patient, because God is patient. He is waiting for all those who will choose Him, to do so. “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord God. Therefore, repent and live.” Ezekiel 18:32. For “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. Romans 10:13
God is so good. His ways are so much higher than ours. For now things look upside down, but He gave us His Word and promise that in the end… the “good guys” don’t finish last.