When I was younger, I read the Genesis account of Noah and the Ark. As I read the story, I wondered how God could not have seen the evil of men coming and stopped it before it became irreversible. Such are the thoughts of a child. I thought, how bad could people be, after all. As I mature, I watch the world around me spin farther and farther out of control and evil continues to become the rule and no longer the exception. I wonder, “How does this happen?”
David wondered as well. Through the psalms, David makes several references to the seeming good fortune of the evil as compared to the trials of the righteous. In Psalm 10, David paints a picture of one that does evil right under God’s nose, without limit or without consequence. One can sense the disheartened spirit of defeat David must have felt. David is not only saddened for the victims of evil, but he is equally angered on God’s behalf. Evil men exploit any and everything they can reach and scoff at God for failing to notice or change things.
In truth, nothing goes unnoticed with God. God promises He will settle all accounts. One must remember that our time on earth is, but a whisper and the judgement of God is eternal. We can never lose hope or surrender to evil as the champion. It simply is not so. The victories are short lived, and the evil one is doomed to an eternity of absolute judgement and pain. Still, as we face each day, it is difficult not to fall into despair and want to throw in the towel.
As we battle through life, it is important for us to keep our eyes focused upon the prize. Jesus told us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to us. Matt 6:33. Paul reminded the Colossians to set their hearts and minds on things above where Christ is seated Col 3:1-3. He told the Philippians 3 to remember that our citizenship is not here, but, in Heaven. If we can do that, we will keep the faith and see the victory awaiting those who trust and follow our Lord. That will fill our otherwise saddened lives with new hope and new joy.
God Bless You
Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by[b] him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees.”