I came across something I had shared probably 5 to 6 years ago and I feel it is perhaps more pertinent now than even then, so I am sharing it again with a few revisions.
Practically every time we turn on a news station, our hearts can sink in disgust or despair as we hear of all the evil around the world. It makes it even worse when we see some getting away with injustice they’ve done to others or swaying a multitude into ungodly practices. Often these people seem to have everything going for them: health, wealth, influence, free of troubles, doing wrong and getting away with it. We may be tempted to say, “Why should I continue to do right? It doesn’t pay.” My simple answer is this: “Because it’s the right thing to do!”
If we take a look into scripture, especially in the Book of Psalms, we read in chapter 37 how the writer was envious of the prosperity of the wicked; everything was going their way even as they laughed about God and were just plain wicked. But when the writer “went into the sanctuary (and communed with God) then he understood their end.” (vs. 17). The following verses tell us, “You cast them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.” (vs 18, 19).
We are wasting our time if we are fretting over the wicked. They are in God’s hands and we need not worry ourselves over them.
THINK ABOUT THIS: (A look in Psalm 37 brings more clarity)
Here’s why we shouldn’t fret about evildoers:
>They will be cut down like the grass. v. 2
>They will wither as the green herb. v.2
>They shall perish. v. 20
>They pass away and are no more. v. 36
Here’s what we should do instead of fretting:
>Trust in the Lord and do good. v. 3
>Delight yourself in the Lord. v. 4
>Commit your way to the Lord. v. 5
>Rest in the Lord. v.7
>Cease from anger and forsake wrath. v. 8
>Wait upon the Lord. v. 9
We know what will happen to the wicked. Look what God says about the righteous:
>The Lord upholds the righteous. v. 17
>They shall inherit the earth. v. 22
>His steps are ordered by the Lord and God delights in his way. v. 23
>Though he falls he will not be utterly cast down for the Lord holds Him with His hand. v. 24
>The end of that man is peace. v. 37
>God is their strength in trouble. v. 39
>God will deliver them from the wicked and save them because they trust in Him.
So, you tell me…is it worth it to continue to do right?
- Ps. 37:34 says, “Wait on the Lord, and keep His way.” To wait upon the Lord is patient dependence with expectant faith; not fretting nor being anxious. It is difficult to practice, but absolutely essential.
- Ps. 37:23, 24, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” WHAT A PROMISE! So don’t look around — KEEP LOOKING UP!