Friends, Brothers and Sisters
Why do the wicked prosper?
WHY? Why Lord?
Why does our Father continue to bless those who turn their backs on Him?
Do you ever ask yourself this, or a similar question?
I am encouraged to find that the psalmist asked this question (see Psalm 73).
We also learn from the Scriptures that God allows the sun to rise on the righteous AND the wicked.
To bring this message home, allow me to share a bit about my own situation. My wife and I have been trying for children for the last 18 months or so. We have endured many trials on the way, but the Lord has been so gracious in promising us children (a boy and twin girls!). However, we have had to endure watching our non-christian friends have children. One of our friends has twice conceived during this period and aborted both children. So we have asked, ‘Lord, why do you bless these ones and not us?’.
So why does God bless the wicked?
Because of His mercy, friends. That’s why. Our God is merciful. He is patient to wait for us to respond to His call to new Life in Christ. He is patient to endure our constant resistance to His will. He is longsuffering. He is patient in waiting for the time when He will judge us all.
Another example is the story of the prodigal son. The Father did not dictate to the son how much of his money the son could spend or where the son could go or who the son should mix with. He allowed him to go anywhere and waste his fortune. The end result we all know was that the son came back to the Father. The longsuffering and merciful attitude of the Father comes through so clearly.
Let’s look at our attitudes. Instead of allowing the enemy to gain a foothold in any situation when you notice the wicked prospering, turn your thoughts to the Lord. Think of the Lord’s Great Mercy. What this world calls ‘luck’ or ‘good fortune’ is actually the mercy of God. God is merciful in allowing any sinner to benefit or be blessed in a situation. Think of the mercy He showed us before we came to Him.
Bless the Lord today for His great mercy! His mercies are new every morning!