by: FCC Staff
When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
Today’s verse teaches that no matter how much wickedness increases, righteousness will prevail. Note that it doesn’t tell us when that will happen. Biblical Scholars usually divide the Old Testament into books of the Law, the Prophets and the Writings. Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes are included in the Writings.
Because of the nature of Proverbs, it is not usually interpreted as prophecy, nor are its statements about certain affects and results seen as promises. For instance, in 10:27 it is said that, “the years of the wicked will be short,” yet we all know plenty of wicked old men. Likewise, we know an abundance of young people whose lives were cut short because of disease, accidents, or acts of violence.
It is impossible to overlook the wickedness that is present in today's world. Here is just one heartbreaking fact: 82.4 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. (According to the United Nations Refugee organization.)
David Curry, Chairman and CEO of Open Doors USA, said in his introduction to this year's World Watch List Prayer Guide, “The numbers of God’s people who are suffering should mean the Church is dying—that Christians are keeping quiet, losing their faith and turning away from one another. But that’s not what’s happening. When our sisters and brothers are persecuted for their faith, and they still choose Jesus, the Living Water—this is a miracle in front of our eyes.” They have chosen righteousness when faced with evil.
Max Lucado said in his book Eye of the Storm, “When you see evil prospering while the righteous suffer, the challenge is to trust God to someday balance the scales.”
Prayer for today: Dear Father, give us your strength to always choose righteousness instead of evil. Help us, as Paul wrote to the church in Rome, to not be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good. Hep us to trust You in all things. Amen.