The Thwarting of the Wicked

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. Proverbs 10:2-3.

For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22. 

And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. Exodus 12:36.

I was watching the news recently and saw episodes of the Black Lives Matter hoodlums attacking people peacefully eating dinner, yelling to them that “if you do not give us our stuff (insert curse word here), We will shut this down.” They proceeded to trash the restaurant and run the patrons off in fear. There are other scenes of the same type people looting and trashing and burning buildings and stores in some of the cities that will not let the police enforce the law. This is disturbing to watch but it is comforting to know that the wicked will not find satisfaction in their plunder. Their desires will be thwarted by God. William McCain in his commentary on Proverbs stated that “The wicked are condemned to live forever with their unfulfilled, and so sterile, desires, which cannot be transformed into practical attainment.”

In many cases God even allows the accumulated wealth of the wicked to be kept in reserve for the righteous and find their way into their hands just when they are needed. The most famous example of this is when the Children of Israel were finally let go by Pharaoh after the plagues and God caused the Egyptians to let them have of their riches, anything they asked for. Part of these riches were later used to build the Tabernacle. Also the Canaanites had possession of the Promised Land until the appointed time for Israel to occupy it. Conversely, the one who pleases God will be given wisdom and knowledge and joy, more valuable riches then silver and gold.

The Scriptures point to a moral order in the midst of all the disorder in the world. The righteous will not be forsaken and the wicked will not prosper and will ultimately disappear. “Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land, but the wicked will be driven out. Soon the wicked will disappear; you may look for them, but you won’t find them.” Psalm 37:9-10. God is sovereign and always protects the interests of the righteous. As Christians, we can take comfort in this.


One thought on “The Thwarting of the Wicked

  1. This is an encouraging word. It turns us away from hate, which fills the wicked heart and calls us to trust God, though we can’t often see Him at work. His promises are certain. Well said!


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