Why do the wicked prosper - while the righteous suffer?
Written by Jay Yeager
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:09


Why do the wicked prosper – while the

righteous suffer?

(Psalms 73:1-17)

     I am not going to cover the entire text in this lesson, but for now, in brief, the Psalmist ponders and God in his infinite wisdom answers for all to know.

     “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps has well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalms 73:2-3).

     “They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men” (Psalms 73:5).

     “Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish” (Psalms 73:7).

     “They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth” (Psalms 73:9).

     “And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches” (Psalms 73:11-12).

     “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end” (Psalms 73:16-17).

     The Psalmist does not understand - the righteous suffer while the wicked prosper. He was envious of them – all he could see was the here and now. The wicked were not plagued like other men, how could that be fair?

     And then…God allowed him to see beyond the here and now. He saw their end! Now, I understand, the wicked are in slippery places, they are cast down into destruction (Psalms 73:18). In their arrogance they said: “How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most High?” The wicked pose the question in this life, they will get the answer in the next!!! The wicked may, in this life, live high on the hog, but it is only temporary. When the Psalmist saw their end, what would be forever, he was envious no more.

     Folks, in this life it is the end that matters. Where are you standing? On slippery places? Or upon the promises? If you are on the slippery place, you need to get to firmer ground where you can stand fast in the faith (I Corinthians 16:13). In order to do that, you must become a Christian by:

  1. Hearing the word (Romans 10:17).
  2. Believing the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16).
  3. Repenting of you past sins (Acts 2:38).
  4. Confessing Christ before men (Matthew 10:32-33).
  5. Being baptized to wash away your sins (Acts 22:16).

     Then as a Christian, faithfully serve your Lord, looking beyond this present world to the new heaven and new earth that is to come - that heavenly home where all will be well forever (Revelation 21:1-4).