I think I agree with my friend. We don’t agree on a lot of things, most things actually, but he noted on one social media platform that he wakes up every morning and opens up the computer and is immediately confronted with the worst humanity has to offer. It seems like every day there is a new atrocity, a new revelation of hatred, or a new example of government corruption or incompetence. OK, let’s face it, very often we see a combination of the above. We live in a world where wickedness thrives.
David felt that same problem. He led a life that was filled with conflict. He was attacked on every side: including attacks by his mentor, Saul, and his son, Absalom. Enemies surrounded him and he had to fight against those who were evil all the time. And so, David prayed. “Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.” (Psalm 140:8)
Just as David cried out to the Lord in his distress, we too make that same cry. Terrorists seem to be causing terror through all kinds of evil acts and we cry out, “Lord, don’t let their plans succeed!” Government officials are revealed to be engaging in wrongful activity that oppresses people, from both sides of the aisle, and we cry out, “Lord, don’t grant them their desires!” We see other examples of wickedness in many different ways, and if we aren’t too tired of crying out from everything else, we cry out “Lord, bring them to justice!”
When we see evil making such headway in our world it seems simple to give up. If you haven’t felt like throwing up your hands and saying, “Forget it! Why do I fight?” then you probably aren’t concerned enough. But, that is what God wants us to do. That is what God strengthens us to do with His grace. If we falter and give in to evil, then that plan of evil has succeeded. We are called to stand against evil and if we don’t give in, then evil fails in that one area. If evil fails in one area, it is a point to begin fighting back. The battle will not be easy; it will wear us out. But God will give us the strength as we depend on Him. Make today that point in your life when you say, “Wickedness will not win. Evil will not prevail. I will depend on God.”
Lord God, we live in a world saturated with evil and wickedness. You alone are good. I need Your grace and strength to get through today. Let my life show that wickedness will not win, nor evil prevail. Take back this world with Your love and grace.