Why do the unrighteous get away with everything?
I had a friend in Junior High who made me jealous. From my point of view, he got everything. He got all the cool gadgets, had the coolest shoes, he did whatever he wanted, and never got in trouble.
He could have gotten away with murder. He was in class one day and shared his favorite finger with the teacher. What was his punishment? The teacher laughed and put him in the back of the class.
On the other side of the coin, I would get in trouble for sneezing too loud. I don’t say this figuratively either. I have severe allergies, and I sneezed one too many times and got sent to the principles office.
At the end of the day, no matter how well behaved or good I was, my friend seemed to always come out ahead.
Have you ever felt like this?
You are doing the right things, but the promotion goes to the person that doesn’t act right. Or, you seemed to be plagued by financial hardships yet, the person who disobeys everything God says is getting their new boat or BMW.
They have the better marriage.
They have the better friends.
They don’t struggle as much.
They can do more things.
They get away with everything and not one person notices.
These are all lies that Satan wants you to believe and Psalm 73:6-16 talks a lot about this issue. It addresses the illusion of the wicked getting anything they want and get away with everything.
It says, “surely they don’t struggle.” “They are free from common human burden.” They are always free of care; they go on amassing wealth.”
Surely God has an answer for this right? Why ‘good’ Christians get cancer and wicked people seem to have healthy bodies?
The truth is that we have a tainted picture of reality. Our view of others lives has become murky because of sin and Satan.
Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Jesus
Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73, talks about this in verses 16 and 17. He says all of this was hard to understand: why do the ‘good’ get pain, struggles, and turmoil and the unrighteous seem to prosper and succeed?
He didn’t understand until he entered the sanctuary of God, as mentioned in verse 17.
Before, Asaph was blinded by jealousy and pride because he was viewing life through sin and Satans point of view.
The grass looked way greener on the side of sin and unrighteousness because he forgot what it meant to look through the eyes of faith.
Leading up to verse 17 life was unfair. But, after he entered the sanctuary of God in verse 17 his distorted reality becomes apparent. Suddenly his whole perspective changes in verses 18-20.
He says,”Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.”
He continues to say in verses 27 and 28,” Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”
This is the switch we have when viewing life through the eyes of the Lord. It is always easy to desire what the people around you have and to be angry because it appears that they obtain them by doing what is wrong. However, our great reward is being faithful to God.
At the end of the day, these earthly pleasures are nothing more than that. We live knowing our hope is in the Lord and the eternity that He promises. An eternity so beyond our ability to understand.
Our hope and our joy come from being close to God not to a new BMW or boat.
How are you viewing reality? I challenge you to look through the eyes of faith this week and not through the eyes of sin.
It is my belief that this is a crucial step in learning to walk with God.