Points to Ponder: Unfairness is More Than Meets the Eye
Points to Ponder
Unfairness is More Than Meets the Eye
I wonder if what seems fair is really the best thing for all concerned.
From generation to generation, people ask about why good people suffer and the wicked seem to prosper, untouched by the consequences of their evil deeds. The innocent pay the penalty and evil ones walk away with the profit. So it seems. It would be "fair" if we could see the righteous prevail victorious because they act rightly, morally, and ethically. That would certainly encourage good behavior among the masses, don't you think? And if the wicked, the cheat, the corrupt ones received quick and crushing punishment for their evil ways, that would certainly motivate people to refrain from deceit as a means toward prosperity. On the surface, there is a sense of satisfaction to that reasoning. That's the way it ought to be. Why God doesn't operate in this sensible fashion is beyond our comprehension. Some people are content to dismiss the whole "God thing" outright; if this "loving God" is going to allow all these bad people and bad things to go on unhindered, well, what's the point in following Him?
You don't want to say it, though one may be tempted to think, "If I was God, I'd be handling things differently." Especially when you see so much evil; you just want to whack some of these characters. And why doesn't God "take out" certain ones? The trouble with that thinking is: where does one draw the line? And if you look back over your past and into your closet, when have you crossed the line yourself?
In Psalm 36, David writes a divine revelation of the nature of wickedness (verses 1-4) contrasted with God's righteousness and love (verses 5-9) and concluding with the certain judgment of the "workers of iniquity" in the end. They will be cast down and "not able to rise" after God has dealt with their soul. Can you think of anything on earth that would be more terrifying than being on the wrong side of God when you have breathed your last breath here?
Do you ever wonder if wicked people know that they are wicked? A lot of folks will say of themselves, "I try to be a good person." Do evil people say, "I try to be wicked"?
David describes the wicked as deceivers who are self-deceived. "There is no fear of God before their eyes" (verse 1). With what standard does one discern their own moral compass if God is not their standard.
The nature of wickedness is to have a total disregard for the presence of God and that He will be our final judge. The wicked become egotistical (verse 2), crooked and perverse in his thinking and deceitful in his words (verse 3).
"He devises wickedness on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not abhor evil" (verse 4).
The wicked set themselves on a path of self-destruction.
Meanwhile God's mercy, faithfulness, and righteousness are deep as the sea and higher than the mountains (verses 5-6) and those who trust in Him are like young birds taking refuge under their mother's wings. While the wicked pursue, and acquire, and hoard, they are never satisfied, nor can they be; however, those who trust in the Lord,
"They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light" (verses 8-9).
So, what seems to us to be an unfair imbalance of well-being for the wicked and struggle for the righteousness is just superficial (most temporal) to our perception. The deeper nature of spiritual matters do balance out in the end. We must trust God to do right for He is the standard of right and He will judge rightly. David knows this and therefore he prays that he responds to God's "loving kindness to those who know You . . ." and does not react to the overwhelming influence of the evil in his midst.
"Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away" (verse 11).
Trusting in the goodness of God is to know He sees what we cannot, and He judges in ways we do not know.
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved" (Psalm 55:22).
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring, MD (1/4 mile east of Clear Spring on Rt. 40). www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com. Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 10:45am and 7:50pm, both days.