What is it that is hindering you from choosing life by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Is it your sinner friend that is making it and prospering while you see some Christians suffering? You better don’t be deceived. Read this for your eyes of understanding to be opened and enlightened.
The wicked prosperity is fleeting. This is so because it was not brought by God’s blessings but by his own wisdom. Proverbs 23:4 – 5 says “Labour not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom. Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.”
Jeremiah wondered why the wicked prosper (Jeremiah 12:1) and the deceitful had no problems and challenges. God allowed this, though they profess God with their mouth but they did not believe Him in their hearts (verse 2), this is the half fulfilment of Romans 10:10 – For with the heart, man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. And Mathew 15:8 – …, this people draw nigh unto me with their mouth and honour me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Jeremiah was baffled that the righteous are supposed to be the ones to enjoy this not the wicked and the deceitful. Out of despair, he cursed them that God should keep and separate them like sheep that will soon be killed, and that their day of mourning is imminent. He knows that they shall surely be destroyed but he doesn’t know when. God told him not to worry about that, that the judgment belongs to Him.
God even has a purpose for that; it might be to know who truly are His. Truly, the ends will justify the means. At the end, the righteous shall inherit the kingdom while the wicked shall go into eternal damnation. Christians would not only inherit the kingdom at the later end but we will also experience kingdom of God on earth, after He has tried us and we have passed the test. For every test passed, there is always a reward attached! For every final examination, there is always a promotion! God is eagerly waiting for them to repent, so that they can be partakers of the kingdom of God. Though, they may inherit the kingdom with the saints at the end, but they shall still be punished on earth before they leave.
Psalms 7:11 – God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Jeremiah 22:13 also says woe unto him that builds his house by unrighteousness and his chambers by wrong; that uses his neighbours service without wages, and give him nothing for his work.
Job did the same. He was wondering about the wealth, long-life, success and mightiness in power of the wicked (Job 21:7–12) but in verse 13, he says; “They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.” In the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:20–21), Jesus said that, “he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God shall die in a moment”. And in Jeremiah 17:11; Bible says, “As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that get riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days; and at the end shall be a fool.” Because of these good happenings being experienced by some unbelievers; they even tell the righteous, that they don’t desire the knowledge of their ways (Job 21:14) – Jesus. Bible says “They are stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carries away (Vs 18). And Habakkuk 2:12 says “Woe to him that builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity.”
David also was once envious at the foolish, when he saw the prosperity of the wicked (Psalms 73:3). In verse 5 of the same chapter, Bible says they are not in trouble as other men (as the righteous), neither are they plagued like them. Verse 12 says, “Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.” But later, David understood their end when he went into the sanctuary of God (verse 17). Psalms 73:18 & 19 reads, “Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction. They are brought into desolation as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.” David realized his foolishness and ignorance for thinking wrongly in the first place (verse 22). In the last verse (verse 28); David said, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all your works.”
The wicked prosperity does not last, even if he repents, he will still be punished. It is God’s blessing that makes one rich without adding sorrow. As the wicked prosperity is fleeting, so is Christians’ suffering is fleeting. “… But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, restore, establish, strengthen, settle you – I Peter 5:10.
Though the wicked prosperity and the Christians’ suffering look contrasting, but they have something in common. The Wicked prosperity is fleeting; and also the Christians’ suffering is fleeting. I believe by now you have seen the reason why you are to give your life to Christ, Jesus; so that you can have it back abundantly.