Today’s Reading: Proverbs 23-26
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 24:19-20
19) Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked, 20) for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
It is easy to look at this world and become frustrated. More often than not it seems as though those with integrity and standards don’t achieve much, but the corrupt and those willing to do anything for success attain wealth and position. It does appear that ‘good guys finish last’.
But it only appears that way.
Proverbs 24:19 gives us consolation, assuring us there is no need to worry when it appears that the evil are prospering. Verse 20 is astonishingly blunt in saying that the wicked have no future. No future. None. Their way will come to an end.
While we can and should take comfort in this truth, we should not take pleasure in it. It is God’s desire that all men should be saved and it should be our desire as well. Part of the reason it is important that believers maintain their integrity, even when it costs us success in worldly terms, is for the example it sets for others whom God is trying to reach. We also need to be compassionate and open to all who need to hear from God, even those who to our eyes are evil. If instead we are judgmental, hoping for their demise and punishment, we risk closing the door of God’s deliverance to them for which we ourselves will be judged.
Proverbs 24:17-18 – 17) Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, 18) lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.