“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works.”
Psalms 73:23-28 NKJV
In the short view, it can seem as if evil always prevails, as it seems so pervasive and overwhelming to all that is good. I am old enough to have seen the judgement of God played out in the lives of those bent on evil. They prevail for a while, then they fall, most grievously.
Reading Psalm seventy three, I found comfort in the writing of Asaph, a levite. He looked upon the evil of the world, and in his weaker moments, he was grieved by the good fortune of the wicked, and battled envy, for they seemed to not have the misfortunes seemingly accorded to the righteous.
“They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment. Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish. They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.”
Psalms 73:5-9 NKJV
These evil people live as if there is no God, who knows of what they do. Asaph lamented all of this, until he went into the sanctuary of God.
We are witnessing the foibles of evil people all over the world today, as the wicked prey on the weak and innocent. It can be all overwhelming, causing much pain when we dwell on it. It is in these moments when we take it to the Lord.
I know that the Lord is working, and I know that the evil that I am perceiving is a part of God’s great plan, as the preparations are being made for the return of His Son Jesus to bring judgement upon the guilty.
Brothers and sisters, let us be like Asaph, having the understanding that God is sovereign, and that we can have faith in Him. Let us rest in His faithfulness, seeking His guidance in all that we do, knowing that we will have His counsel through our lives, and in the end, be received into glory.
In the darkness of these present times, focus on that coming glory. Find peace in knowing that God is our escort through these troubled times, as He has given us HIs assurance via HIs presence in us. The Holy Spirit is our escort, strong and powerful.
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalms 73:25-26 NKJV
Let us be faithful to pray for those in trouble, doing so especially for those who do not know the Lord. Let us be bold to go and tell of God’s forgiveness, of HIs power to forgive, and transform.
Let us pray for those who do evil, that the Lord save them, and transform, for without Jesus, their destiny is hell.