Why do the bad guys seem to win? It is not just in the movies where the bad guys get away with the goods. We see it in our neighborhoods, our cities, our country, and in our world. We witness the dreadful behavior of certain people who frequently prosper and slip away from well-deserved punishment. David said in Psalm 73:12-13, “This is what the wicked are like— always carefree, they increase in wealth. Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.”
David questioned the obvious. Why bother following the rules? He struggled with the moral reasoning behind making right choices, because the consequences that he could see with his naked eye were not suited to the behavior of some individuals. Quite the opposite, the wicked appeared to be enjoying the pleasures of sin and getting away with it.
If we read verses 16-19 of this same Psalm we see where David was enlightened. The Psalm reads, “When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me until 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!”
As David spent private time with God, his inner-man was exposed to absolute truth and he was able to see that justice would be served. The limitations of his human condition were no longer predominant because he had been given divine insight into the heavenly realm. This is where God lives, where He watches, and where He judges.
Be comforted friend, your obedience and sacrificial efforts to make right choices is not in vain. If you question, I encourage you to do as David did. Spend a proper amount of time in quietness with the Lord. He will take you to a spiritual place where you will realize the short and long term benefits of being one of the good guys!
Hebrews 4:13 NIV Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Ephesians 2:6 NIV And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 12/28/2008 1:16 PM