Don’t Worry about the Wicked
“The Lord is righteous; He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.” Psalm 129: 4
No matter which news outlet you choose to listen to, whether the main stream media or the alternative online media, all news seems to be bad news. The media’s role appears to be to expose the evil in our society, and so we are constantly seeing evil.
I would agree that there is an important role of the free press to keep other powers in check and this sometimes requires exposing the evil of powerful groups or governments, but the volume of negative news is constant and overwhelming.
Currently, there is also a battle going on to determine what media outlet represents the true view of reality and which represents “fake news” or propaganda. The battle lines are drawn. On one side there is the accusation that the main stream media is owned and controlled by the evil elites who want to control the opinion of the masses, promoting their agenda and world view, with most of the “talking heads” having this same world view, allowing it to influence and bias their presentation. On the other side there is the accusation that the alternative media consists of amateurs who create stories based on rumors and don’t verify their sources, or even worse, that some are at least sympathetic to, or possibly controlled by, Russian or communist propagandists.
Personally, I think that both sides are biased by their world view/philosophy and by what they think is the best thing for the future of our society or the world. As Christians though, we must take all news with a grain of salt, recognizing that absolute truth only comes from God, via His Word, and all other information must be subject to being overridden by the Scriptural truths. We need the Holy Spirit’s help to discern what is true and what we need to take to heart or what we should dismiss.
As I stated earlier, no matter what source of news we choose, we are being bombarded with continual exposure of wicked devices and criminal rackets. We are also faced with the choice of which evil is the source of blame for our problems. Is it the government and politicians, or the wealthy one percent elites, or is it the big corporations, or is it the banks and financial system, or is it the racists, or is it the lazy welfare entitlement seekers, or is it the illegal immigrants, or is it the dead church and religious fanatics, or is it the Islamic terrorists? (I could go on) I would say that there is enough blame to go around to all of them.
It stands to reason that this onslaught of news about the evils and the wickedness of our current situation would cause us to be distressed and worried. For many the solution is to block it out or ignore it; pretend it’s not there; put on the glasses that make everything look rosy. I would suggest that ignoring reality is never good and potentially could result in serious problems. For example, prudence requires that we assess our situation and, if need be, make the proper preparations for the future.
“The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3 & 27:12
A much better approach is to establish in our hearts the reality that God is in control and will deal appropriately with the wicked people of the world. As biblical Christians we learn from the Scriptures that although Satan has been given some authority in this current age, the Lord is still in control and will assure that in the end the wicked will be punished and the righteous will be blessed. Let’s look closer at what the Bible says.
The opening verse from Psalm 129 in the Amplified Bible says this:
“The Lord is righteous; He has cut in two the [thick] cords of the wicked [which enslaved the people of Israel].” Psalm 129:4
You might ask the question, “Why does God allow the wicked to enslave His people in the first place?” We must recognize that both Satan and the wicked men in this world are tools that God uses for His purpose. And what is His purpose and why does He allow evil to touch His children? The answer is: It’s not our place to question God’s ways. This verse in Romans 9 applies to this situation also (although not the exact use in the context of Romans 9):
“But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay….” Romans 9:20-21
We do know from the Scriptures that God uses the trials in our life to produce in us a deeper character, making us stronger, more loving, and more like Him.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,…”1 Peter 1:6-7
The fact that God allows His people to suffer affliction at the hands of the wicked is confirmed in the first three verses of Psalm 129, just before the verse quoted above:
“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth – Let Israel now say – many a time they have afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long.” Psalm 129:1-3
The metaphor used in these verses of someone plowing on your back suggests that these afflictions were not insignificant. The key words in this verse are “they have not prevailed.” God knows what we need and how long we need it. The wicked always lose in the end.
We, therefore, as God’s beloved children, do not need to worry or fret, or fear what the wicked may do to us. We can rest assured that God will protect us and will only allow us to be exposed to the evil of the wicked when in accordance with His purposes for our lives.
Here’s my testimony of recent events in my life: Back in 2007 it started with hearing that I had health issues with my cholesterol being too high and need to change my diet, so I embarked on a serious and challenging change to my eating habits. Next I heard from my wife of 28 years that she didn’t want to be married to me any longer; (we split up then and later divorced in 2012). A month after my wife’s leaving I was laid off from my job where I had been employed for almost 10 years. Not much later the crash of 2008 came when I was laid off again from my next job and I lost half of my 401k retirement savings and was forced to cash it out with no place to roll it over. I also was under water on my mortgage since I recently refinanced, couldn’t sell my house in the current market to pay off the mortgage, and was forced into foreclosure on the house. The low point came when I was given a 2 week notice to leave my house and I had no place to go. The Lord provided for me then (a friend allowed me to stay in a 1 room apartment attached to his business and hired me as a laborer) and the Lord has continued to provide for me, and has now turned my situation around completely.
I look back and see this time as being a very valuable time of spiritual growth for me. I can look back and connect the dots to see how God has brought me though many situations for my good and the good of my friends and loved ones. It would have been a mistake to look to the evil forces of the world as the reason for my predicament. God was allowing these things to occur and He was in control. He had me right where I needed to be.
I’m sure that many of you have faced much more difficult trials than what I went through. My purpose in mentioning my past is to encourage all of us to remember that God is in control. I must remind myself often that God has sustained me before and will do it again. He may have more challenging trials ahead for me, but I trust that He is able to bring me through them and that they will be for my perfection and for His glory.
We have no need to worry or fret about the wickedness that surrounds us. God is the source of our needs and He is greater than the powers of this world or this age.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into bans; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit (18 inches) to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. And yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matt. 6:25-34
Most importantly, seek first the kingdom of God. Turn from sin and seek His righteousness. This should be our focus, and not the barrage of information that slams us daily from the various news sources. Turn the news stations off and close your computer if they are causing you to worry and fear. Look to God’s Holy Scriptures to build you up in your faith and strengthen you for the days ahead.
The final victory comes when the end of this age comes and the righteous Judge sets all of this straight:
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
“For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14: 9-12
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened, and another book was opened which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” Revelations 20: 11-12
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelations 20:15
Having this Scriptural view of the evils of this world, in the light of God’s control of our lives and his ultimate judgment of the wicked men of this age, we can be free of all worry and fear, and then be free to make sound judgment about what we need to do, if anything, to prepare ourselves and our families for the future. We can then be open to the leading of the Spirit, and able to move forward with the necessary plans with confidence.
There is really nothing new under the sun, as King Solomon said many years ago in the book of Ecclesiastes. Today I see man’s greed as the root of many problems, which he manifests in the government and financial systems of the world, causing great inequality of wealth, which in turn is causing rebellion by many who feel they have been abused. These wicked, greedy men are bound for judgment, either in this life, or when the Lord returns as Judge.
I leave you all with this interesting prophecy from Habakkuk from the 7th century B.C. with words that could apply to today’s wicked, greedy men (from the Amplified Bible):
“Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the just and the righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness. Moreover, wine and wealth are treacherous; the proud man is restless and cannot stay at home. His appetite is large like that of Sheol and [his greed] is like death and cannot be satisfied; he gathers to himself all nations and collects all people as if he owned them. Shall not all these [victims of his greed] take up a taunt against him and in scoffing derision of him say, Woe to him who piles up that which is not his! [How long will he possess it?] And [woe to him] who loads himself with promissory notes for usury! Shall [your debtors] not rise up suddenly who shall bite you, exacting usury of you, and those awake who will vex you [toss you to and fro and make you tremble violently]? Then you will be booty for them. Because you have plundered many nations, all who are left of the people shall plunder you – because of men’s blood and for the violence done to the earth, to the city and all the people who live in each city. Woe to him who obtains wicked gain for his house, [who thinks by so doing] to set his nest on high that he may be preserved from calamity and delivered from the power of evil! You have devised shame to your house by cutting off and putting an end to many people, and you have sinned against and forfeited your own life. For the stone shall cry out of the wall [built in sin, to accuse you], and the beam out of the woodwork will answer it [agreeing with its charge against you]. Woe to him who builds a town with blood and establishes a city by iniquity! Behold, is it not by appointment of the Lord of hosts that the nations toil only to satisfy the fire [that will consume their work], and the peoples weary themselves only for emptiness, falsity, and futility? But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2: 4-14