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When the Wicked Prosper, Remember...

When the ungodly around us flourish we would do well to remember that God is our portion.Photo taken by Amar P.

Have you ever noticed how it seems as though the persons who don't serve God are more blessed than those who do? You could have this deep, intimate relationship with your Creator, going where He leads and doing what He asks and still struggle to pay your bills every month.

But the man who's at the bar from sun down to sun up flourishes.

Sometimes it seems like we're playing opposites: that man owns a slightly used car; you can't afford to miss the staff bus because your budget doesn't include fare to work.

He owns a newly-built house while you're still living at home with your parents.

It just doesn't seem fair!

Asaph had a similar problem. He found himself envying the boastful man and looking at the prosperity of the wicked. It seemed to him as though the wicked men had lives that were calm and peaceful and that they had more than they could even want.

They were able to scoff at God (Psalm 73:11) with little or no consequence while he, a man who pursued God with his whole heart, was constantly being chastised (Psalm 73:13)

But God Is My Portion

But Asaph did something completely revolutionary. He didn't mumble to himself and complain to all his friends about how unfair life was.

He didn't secretly contemplate being dishonest in his dealings to get a portion of the world's wealth. He took his complaints straight to God (Psalm 73:17).

And so it should be with us. Sometimes we think that because we serve the living God that our lives should be easy and worry-free.

But God never promised us that. Through His Son He told us that we will have tribulation (John 16:33). 

We will cry, we will have pain, we will mourn. But He also promised us kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), joy (John 16:20, 22), peace (John 14:27).

And for those who endure to the end, He gives the gift of  eternal life (I John 2:25).

To help us through this race we were also give everything we need for this life (2 Peter 1:3, Matthew 6:33).

He also promises not to leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6)

The enemy likes to highlight our human weaknesses. He likes to show us all that we do not have and if we listen to him, like Eve, we'll focus on the little that we don't have and forget the bounty that we do have. 

I encourage you today that as believers when the enemy shows us all the wealth and prosperity of the wicked, that we remember: "weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)".

Let's Pray

Lord, sometimes I get distracted by the lifestyles of those around me. It seems as though the people who curse You and choose not to worship You are the ones who have the most in this life.

Remind me Lord that You are my portion. If I remain faithful You will be my portion forever. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Let's Chat

Share your experiences: have you noticed that the non-Christian is more prosperous than the Christian?

How does that make you feel?

What's your plan to negate that lie of the enemy?

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