They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what's happening?” Look at these wicked people – enjoying the life of ease while their riches multiply. Psalm 73: 8-12 NLT
The psalmist continues to rant about evil people who prosper and the envy it produces. This part of the psalm also reminds us of the confusion it produces among society. If someone who is evil gets away with it and does very well for themselves, how come God allows this to happen? Maybe God either doesn't care or – gasp!- doesn't even exist.
So why does God allow wicked people to prosper?
I don't think our life with God can be measured in terms of how wealthy or powerful we are. We are blessed when we remain righteous and have more than we need. But God cares more about our hearts than our wallets. This does not mean that if a wealthy person who did evil things suddenly recanted and repented, they would lose everything. It probably would mean that they would be willing to make reparations and give more to those in need – that kind of desire comes from the heart. Just look at the story of Zacchaeus.
What is in your heart?
God, help us to put aside jealousy and focus on our relationship with you. May we share out of our abundance and be grateful for all your blessings. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims