Why Do Good Things Always Seem to Happen to Wicked People? (Psalm 73)

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Have you ever questioned this? How can God, who sees everything, allow evil people to be successful? It’s frustrating to watch the news, or even go through every day life and not get embittered toward people who, obviously, have nothing to do with God; and yet they are successful beyond belief. The example that comes to my mind is a high school friend of mine who speaks horribly against God and Christians. This individual was a successful banker before the economy collapse and he lost everything, accept a large bank account. I don’t think he’s had a job in 2 years. I get so frustrated with him at times!

My Pastor spoke on Psalm 73 last night. I encourage you to read it!

The Psalmist starts out talking about how envious he is toward the Arrogant. They seem prosperous because of dishonest gain. These Arrogant People are prideful and are hard-hearted blasphemers.

He begins to look at himself and states, “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure.” Have you ever felt that way? I have. I work so hard to rid myself of sin and to do good works. I want to be sure I have forgiven all who I need to forgive. I want to be sure I glorify my God…..but at times it seems to be in vain when I look at those who seem to have such a great life, no turmoil, and an endless supply of money.

Then, in verse 17, the Psalmist goes into “the sanctuary of God.” Readers, it’s when we spend time with God, and share our frustrations and desires with Him, that He reveals his heart and plan to us. If we aren’t willing to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen, then we will miss so many blessings!

God reveals to the Psalmist the fate of the wicked. “They will be destroyed in a moment! O Lord, when aroused, You will despite their form!

The Psalmist’s heart changes 180 degrees. He started out with an embittered heart and he realizes he was ignorant and senseless before God. And he begins to acknowledge, “with Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory. And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”

Readers, we may see people be successful in their wickedness, but we have to remember that ALL have fallen short of the glory of God.

I am just as wicked as my friend. The difference is that I choose to “[go] into the sanctuary of God.” And I continue to choose to spend time with my God for He “is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

The last 2 verses of the Psalm are amazing! “Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”

If anything, these verses give me an urgency to pray for the salvation of those “enemies” of God. They will be destroyed. God’s word is clear.

Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that my friend is not successful. He might be by the world’s standards, but he is missing out on so much. And he doesn’t even realize what he’s missing. He has no family of his own. No legacy to leave behind. My heart breaks for him.

And I plug on day to day in my little world trying to do my best for my God. He’s everything to me.

I like it that way.


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