Government—we can’t live with it, and we can’t live without it. How we love to hate those who impose their rules on us. Why obey government when it is rife with injustice, inequity, and nepotism? When unfairly high fines are levied on us and when they can detain us at their discretion?
Well, although all of this is true of government, it is also true that government can protect us. It can make things easier for us and provide us with laws that keep us safe. Government has the power to enforce, and the power to protect. You can’t have one without the other. Power is a good thing in the right hands.
“Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, the hearts of the sons of men are fully set to do evil.” This is truly prevalent in our day. It takes forever for anything to be resolved in the courts. Depending on the judge, or whether a police witness shows up, or whether or not the lawyer has followed proper procedure—the wicked can walk away free, while the wounded pine away their lives, unable to move forward; forever trapped in that moment.
The truth is, the wicked know how to work around the system. Those in authority can be bought. Life can be unfair and government can be a part of the problem. However, opposing government can be a problem too. A mere man cannot easily contend with the unrelenting machine of government. They have the power to squash you. It’s foolishness.
So the wicked keep doing what they want without cost, and good men experience undeserved wickedness, though they live righteous lives?
What’s up with that?
What’s up with that?
Short-sightedness, that’s what.
We see through a glass dimly. We only see part of the picture. Do you think this is all there is to life? Do you think this life is the end-all be-all of existence? Can we truly see with our eyes shut?
Verse 13 is a key verse. “But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear and worship God.”
“Like a shadow.”
“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”
Oh yes, there is life after death. "It is appointed to men to die once, and then the judgment." There is a reckoning coming, and this Judge is a fair judge. This Judge cannot be bought. This Judge does not abuse His power. There are days without measure beyond this earthly grave. Living a life of debauchery without regret will cost you. There is a price to pay eventually. There is a reckoning, and the righteous shall shed tears of gladness.
I am reminded of Al Capone, a notorious criminal with no conscience who died while living a life of immorality. His gravestone reads, “My Jesus, Mercy” Did he ever make any of it right? God is not mocked. He is a fair Judge—and a few good words without any meaning to the speaker are unlikely to sway him. Only God knows.
“Then I saw all the work of God that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun – because however much a man may toil in seeking, yet he will not find it out; yes, more than that, though a wise man thinks and claims he knows, yet will he not be able to find it out. “ Ecclesiastes 8:17
There are some things we are just not going to know in this life. So much of life is faith based. We have faith that the sun is going to rise in the morning; that this earth will continue to provide us with what it gives that is necessary to maintain life. We live in an uncertain world, and 90% of what we do is based on faith. It’s really not a strange concept. Why is it then that we have such a hard time trusting God? He is power in the right hands, He will bring it all to light, and He will make it all right.
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable are His judgments and how untraceable are His ways. For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has been His counsellor? Who has first given God anything that he might be paid back or that he could claim a recompense? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen. “ Romans 11:33-36
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