They are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. Psalm 37:19-20
It sure doesn’t seem that way today, does it? Perhaps all those law TV shows are so popular because people want to believe there is law and order out there and the bad guys do get caught. It adds balance to the evening news that reports the crimes more than the punishments, unless it is a notoriuos trial. There have always been school bullies, but they seem to be more violent and creative in their mental torture these days. In reality, in many big cities and even small once considered safe and secure burbs, crime is lurking just around the corner and once committed will go unsolved. Employers steal company benefits and feather their corporate nests, or rob from Peter hoping someday the economy will improve so they can pay Paul.
And yet, Scripture rings true. Our God is Sovereign, even in the midst of free will run amuck in a moraless society. Our times seem so, well, now. But God is eternal and so is our hope. This is not our world if we belong to Christ. And knowing that, while it doesn’t dismiss our responsibility to spread the Good News in the here and now, does adjust our perspective.
But more than that, Christ left this earth when he ascended into Heaven with a promise- He will be with us until the end of the age. That means now, through thick and thin, law and disorder, sorrow and joy, injustice and reconciliation. The evil will vanish, but good is forever. And God is still in the business of turning evil into good.for more thoughts on the Psalms,please consider purchasing Song Notes, now available in Nook and Kindle.