“In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies. He says to himself, ‘Nothing will ever shake me.’ He swears, ‘No one will ever do me harm.’ His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. He says to himself, ‘God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.’” Psalm 10:2-11
And aren’t you glad we started the day with these verses? They were depressing to this psalmist, most likely David, when he wrote them, but they are still depressing today. These same verses could just as easily be applied to our world. It seems as if the unrighteous prosper. It feels like the wicked lie in wait. How many commercials on identity theft do we need to watch to be convinced that the wicked seem to be watching in secret and trying to catch the helpless? And then there are the many phone scams and internet hoaxes, fraud, theft, murder, abuse, well, we could go on.
At times, it seems that our world is very far from God and God is very far from our world. At first glance, it feels as if God doesn’t notice deceit and wickedness, that He has covered His face and never sees. It may look like the wicked are prospering, thriving and that sinful activity pays in a big way. Those far from God can even boast in their arrogance that nothing can harm or destroy their prosperity.
It was that way for the psalmist; it is that way for us today. However, prosperity, riches, wealth, are not eternal. Pride, greed, evil activity lead us far from God.
This life is less than a nanosecond in the scope of eternity. The comfort and riches of this world for the one who doesn’t know the Lord, will not be any kind of comfort in an eternity separated from God.
True prosperity, true riches, true wealth are found in knowing the God who made us and being in a right relationship with Him. Those who know and love God will forever get to experience the real fairy tale ending, “And they lived happily ever after.”
Today, Lord, I cry out to You along with the writer of the Proverbs in chapter 30 that both poverty and great riches may draw my heart away from You, and I don’t want anything to cause me to be far from You.