Do the Wicked Win?
It does appear at times that the wicked win. From a human perspective this does happen from time to time. Wicked people “win” by suppressing others. Wicked people “win” by using money and power to harm others and they get away with it. David writes about this in Psalm 10. Here is just part of what he writes: Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide in times of trouble? 2 The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. 3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord. 4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. The wicked seem to care nothing about God and there are no consequences. We’ve all been there; thinking the same way. Unfortunately, some of us have also fit the description of the “wicked” given here by David. Does God let the wicked prosper?
I guess it’s a matter of your perspective. On earth and in “time” the wicked do prosper. It’s sort of naïve to think anything else. God doesn’t flatten the tires or take the life of the wicked on a regular basis, at least it doesn’t appear that way. But this “time” is not the only time that matters. There is an eternity that matters. And the wicked will be judged. Yes, there are times when the “wicked” receive judgment in this world; but even if it doesn’t happen here, it will happen later. That shouldn’t make the “non-wicked” happy. After all, though it appears that the wicked prosper, I don’t think they are prospering much on the inside. If you consider yourself “non-wicked”, pray for the ones who are “wicked”. Ask God to show His mercy and favor to them, to draw them to Himself. No, the wicked don’t win in the end; unless they draw close to the Lord. Here is how David ends this psalm: The Lord is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land. 17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, 18 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more. That seems like a good ending to me!