Wednesday, October 22, 2014
October 22 – They could not be found
I have seen ruthless evil men growing in influence, like a green tree grows in its native soil. But then one passes by, and suddenly they have disappeared! I looked for them, but they could not be found. Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly! For the one who promotes peace has a future. (Psalm 37:35-37 NET)
How many of us have caught ourselves envying ruthless, evil people who care nothing about God, and yet are enjoying success and influence? We all have at one time or another. It’s natural for these thoughts to come. But those of us who are smart and spiritual catch ourselves and remember the words of David when he said that ruthless and evil men would suddenly disappear and not be found.
Even David, a man of great success, power and wealth noticed evil people around him growing in power, as if they were plants in their native habitat and all creation were cooperating with them. At times we wonder how people who refuse to pray, read the Bible, give offerings, attend church or live holy lives can have so much. But one thing we do know, their time is short. They have no future. At any time the devil can take away all they have. They are not safe.
Even King David who was a man of great accomplishments and power notice that there were ruthless and spiritually bankrupt people around him (most probably kings of other nations) who were growing in influence. Though they seemed to be thriving like a plant in its native habitat, as if all creation were cooperating with them, he didn’t let these thoughts take over his heart and make him bitter. He trusted in God and knew that his future was secure only as long as he maintained a strong faith in the Almighty.
David encourages us to take note of those with integrity and godliness. Very soon they will see God’s answers and will outshine the ungodly, but only if they keep their eyes on Him. If they give in to envy of the ungodly and forget about God’s promises, they will become a block to God’s blessings in their lives.