TOPIC: WHY DO SINNERS FLOURISH?
“When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever;” – (Psalm 92:7)
Many people keep wondering why sinners are flourishing while some believers don’t have enough. Well, one of the reasons is that the devil is preparing those sinners as rams for the slaughter, as we see in today’s memory verse. What the devil does is to give something worth an amount of money, say 1 million dollars, to his victims and then take something that money cannot buy from them.
The 1 million dollars will seem like a lot, but when they compare it to what he took from them, they would then realise that they have been stolen from, killed and destroyed. That is the mission statement of the devil as revealed to us by Jesus Christ in John 10:10. Thus, when it appears as if a wicked person is prospering from his or her wickedness, don’t envy their wealth; the reason the devil is prospering them is so that he can destroy them forever.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof… – (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
When someone gets wealth from the devil, he would only enjoy it for a while and at the end of the day, end up destroyed. When that end comes, you see the fellow preferring to let go of all the riches and embrace Christ. Such a person becomes sorrowful and all the money would mean nothing once the fellow realises that he or she is heading for destruction. That is why Psalm 37:16 says; “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked”.
It is better to have only a little and end up in heaven than to gain the whole world and lose your soul. In any case, God said His wish for you is that you prosper (3 John 2) even as your soul prospers, so don’t go into sin because you want to prosper; God already has prosperity in store for you in the salvation package.
You, however, need to live holy. He said in Deuteronomy 28:1-2 that if you hearken diligently to His word, He will set you on high above the nations of the earth. He said blessings will pursue and overtake you. That is the kind of blessing I like; the one that will pursue and overtake me, while at the end of the day, I would still end up in heaven. That is the kind of prosperity I like, not that of the wicked.
The devil prospers the wicked so as to destroy them later.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Jeremiah 51 – 52