Recently while reading through Psalm 37, I was struck by how frank David is about the evildoers in the world:
1. They do wrong (v. 1).
2. They often succeed in their wicked schemes (v. 7).
3. They plot against the righteous (v. 12).
4. They attack the poor and needy (v. 14).
5. They are often wealthy and powerful (v. 16-17).
6. They borrow and do not repay (v. 21).
7. They seek to kill the righteous (v. 32).
8. They are wicked and ruthless (v. 35).
9. They flourish for a season (v. 35).
It is good that David is no starry-eyed optimist. He sees clearly that there are evil people in the world who seem to flourish despite the wicked things that they do. Perhaps we should say that they flourish because of their evil deeds. Ruthlessness has its rewards, at least in the short term.
The bad news about the bad guys is that Bad Guys Inc. seems to be doing very well at the moment. Business is booming.
This isn’t the whole story, but it’s part of it. We need to know these things so we won’t be shocked by sudden outbreaks of evil. When we see the world as it is, we won’t be surprised that the bad guys often seem to be winning in the great battle between good and evil.
More to come tomorrow.
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About Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 27 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 37 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and two grandsons--Knox and Eli. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
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