Revelation 18; Isaiah 3-4; Psalm 109:1-19
People pay attention to averages and tendencies. A baseball player who hits .300 is generally a pretty good hitter because, on the average, he’ll get one or two hits a game for his team. It doesn’t mean that he’ll get a hit every time he comes to bat and it doesn’t mean he’ll get his hit at an important time. Life is like that, but the averages are better with God. “’Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.’” (Isaiah 3:10-11) We all realize that sometimes those who are righteous go through difficult times and, in fact, may undergo difficulties because of their righteousness. In the long run though, people who are righteous and follow God will have a life that is good. Things will go well with them. They will get what’s coming to them, and it will be good. We also realize that sometimes it seems like the evil prosper. We see those who flout the law flashing their wealth and their status; we see those who claim to be leaders who are flush with ill-gotten gains making a splash in life. We see corruption in politics as people rise to power and wealth follows. In the long run, we know that they will answer to God. It’s sometimes hard to deal with in the short run, though. Still, most who break the law to gain their wealth end up paying a high price for the lives they have ruined on their way to material riches. The key is that we are to live righteous lives by keeping our hearts and minds focused on Jesus. We are to treat others as we would like to be treated. We are to recognize the hand of the Creator in all people. When we do that, we can face the future knowing that God is in control.
Dear Lord, how hard it is to stay true to You and Your ways when I see others prosper who live in ways that You hate. Remind me that You still love each of those people and that You want to draw them back to You. Remind me that I am called to be faithful to You no matter what the circumstances may be.