Why does God allow evil people to prosper?
I think we all struggle at one point or another to trust that God is good in the midst of the evil that so often surrounds us on a daily basis. Lately, I’ve come face to face with the wickedness of sinful people and I can’t help but find it unfair that the wicked prosper while the God-fearing people suffer. Deep down I know that I can trust God and that He is just but my heart often tells me a different story. What do you do in situations like these and how do you have the right attitude? Psalm 73 is a good place to start. The writer found himself wondering if it is worth doing good and suffering while the people who do evil seem to always prosper. Verses 23-26 CSB read this way, Yet I am always with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me up in glory. Who do I have in heaven but you? And I desire nothing on earth but you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever. Though the Psalmist pours out his questions before God and acknowledges that He had almost lost hope, when he turns to God he suddenly becomes aware that he is not alone and that God is always there to guide him during times of confusion. He is freshly reminded that one day, he will be with God and will receive his reward for living a righteous life. He unveils to us the secret behind remaining confident in God’s character by realising that when we want God more than we want a comfortable life, we will find our souls filled, no matter what circumstances we are going through. If we always had it easy, God couldn’t develop His character in us and we would be sinful and shallow. Psalm 37:34 says, Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed. We are promised that God will be our portion for eternity but we also find the promise of God working justice for us here on earth. God exalts those He humbles first, just as Christ was exalted because He chose to humble himself to the very dust. He made is possible for us to walk like He walked because He is our righteousness! Without Christ, our destiny would also be sealed for eternal punishment and could it be that we can shine His Light to the very people that cause us heartache? May we never lose hope in the face of earthly injustice!