Why Do the Wicked Prosper?
I was about to finish up chapter five of Jeremiah when something caught my eye. Maybe it was because I have been feeling somewhat overwhelmed lately by all the corruption in government. The news stories I've been hearing left me asking the age-old question, "Why do the wicked prosper?"
So I asked the Lord that question, and he immediately showed me the verses below and a few more verses that have made me realize that while those in powerful positions think they can get away with anything, they really can't. Ultimately, they all will answer to God one day.
In my last post about Jeremiah, I discovered what God had to say about religious leaders who taught false doctrines and practised deceit. But the Lord wanted to answer my question about the wicked in government before I moved on, and this is what He showed me:
‘For wicked men are found among My people,
When it came time for the Israelites to be punished and taken into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar, it is clear who was actually being punished. It wasn't the poor, the weak or those who could not defend themselves. It was those who had the power to make a change, to lead the people - the rich, the powerful (those in government), the priests and the prophets. As 2 Kings 24:14 indicates, only the poor were left in the land after Nebuchadnezzar invaded. So the land was cleansed of the wicked.
I could write story after story about the levels of government corruption that take place all over the world today. Those in positions of power, who can do right by the people they govern, have continually abused that power. They have no fear of God, and like the verses above suggest, "they excel in deeds of wickedness."
As the days draw closer for Jesus' return, those who currently hold government leadership positions will have much to answer for. They may not realize it yet, but their time is coming. God affirms this in Psalm 37, and He reminds us not to fret about wicked people. Jesus encouraged us to pray for them, so we should since it is evident that the Lord will punish them.
The wicked plots against the righteous
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees his day is coming.
But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
1/29/2016 03:34:11 pm
It would appear that power and corruption go hand in hand. World leaders are chomping at the reins for yet more power. They say power is a great aphrodisiac it is also a dangerous addiction. They want to rule the world, they employ yes men. How long must it be for us to wait for them to be punished or toppled? More innocent people will die simply because for government leaders they have no place in their perfect race or their country or their world. It's Hitler and Stalin and Enoch Powell all over again. There are times when I begin to wonder if God cares at all. Does he actually exist at all! Where is he while all this murder and mayhem is going on? Is he laughing at us? How many more people have to die before he shows himself or his influence? What's taking him so long?
I hear you Sandra. For thousands of years people have been asking those very questions. I don't believe God is laughing at us. I think one of the major reasons God waits is that He isn't willing that any should perish in their sins. I believe He is waiting for people to repent and return to Him. There is going to come a day when He will return. I believe that with all my heart. Unfortunately, things will get much, much worse before that happens. And I believe that because the Bible predicts it.
Leo E Hood
1/29/2016 06:34:28 pm
Hallelujah,,, excellent,,, perfect timing Thank you so much... God's Word..!.
1/31/2016 04:29:29 pm
I've been a Jeremiah addict for years, and I've laughed and told that as a prophetic person I am, when I'm in Heaven I sure want to meet many of them, AND I want to meet Jeremiah, b/c he was treated badly by the ones he was working with and through. It's a "me" thing sometimes, too. Anyhow, worshiping and glorifying the Lord is what I can do, moment-by-moment consistently. You made me smile!
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