It can be discouraging to know that while you play by the rules, those who break the rules seem to win in the game of life. The world would have us to believe that the “good guys” always finish last. Many of us know someone who appears to personify that saying. Through their cheating or unlawful deeds, they seem to prosper in the world.
But God’s way is always the best way. Those who stand firm upon this conviction can remain grounded even when they see the ungodly prosper. Accordingly, the Bible says, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes” (Psalm 37:7).
The psalmist underscores a reality for many genuine believers. They wrestle with the question, how can it be that those who cheat the system and who have no fear of God have more in this world than those who love the Lord? Perhaps you know someone who has abandoned the faith to go after the things of this world because it seems that the way of the world is the best way to get ahead.
Why does the Word of God advise us to not fret about this? Because for the scenario addressed in the verse above, our normal tendency is to fret. For instance, how would you feel about your colleague who drinks coffee and hangs out with the boss every day, but gets paid the same as you do? At the same time, the person’s negligence makes you have to work harder to get the work done. Or how about this one: You just finished preparing your taxes. You owe money to the IRS. You tell your friend about how much you have to pay back. And he boasts about how he cheats on his taxes each year to get huge tax refunds.
This is the way of the world in which we are called to live for Christ. But let us not be fazed by the works of the wicked. Settle it in your heart that God’s way is always the best way. There is no comparison between the gains of ungodliness and the wholesome blessedness that comes through faithfully serving the Lord. Our soul must be anchored in this conviction, if we are to remain steadfast–even when we see the gains of wickedness.
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