Do you ever look around and wonder . . . “why would God allow this to happen”?
Maybe it’s while you’re watching the news or after you’ve learned of a difficult diagnosis. Maybe it’s after a painful betrayal or a devastating loss.
In Psalm 10, David wrote:
O Lord, why do You stand so far away?Psalm 10:1
Why do You hide when I am in trouble?
It’s in that moment when life is painfully hard and God feels far away that the enemy loves to tempt us to look around and think, “it’s not fair.”
Like David, we ask the question . . . “why do the wicked succeed”?
The wicked are too proud to seek God.Psalm 10:4-5a, 13
They seem to think that God is dead.
Yet they succeed in everything they do.
Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
They think, “God will never call us to account.”
But that’s exactly when you and I need to stop and “take those thoughts captive.”
We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ.2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLV)
It’s at those moments when life doesn’t seem fair and we’re tempted to compare our circumstances with someone else’s that we need to stop and run to God in prayer.
When you and I wonder why God would let the wicked succeed, we are invited to Him with our honest feelings.
Because after David vented his honest feelings to God, he was able to replace his concerns and frustrations with the truth he knew about God…
The Lord is king forever and ever!Psalm 10:16–18
The godless nations will vanish from the land.
Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
so mere people can no longer terrify them.
God invites us to bring our feelings and frustrations to Him in prayer and trust Him to help us remember all the things He has done for us in the past. We can honestly ask Him to help us cling to His promises for today and for the future.
Look at the words David spoke to his son, Solomon before his death…
Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve Him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought.1 Chonicles 28:9, 20a
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.”
The Lord is not far away. He sees, hears, and knows. He is as close as our very next breath.
So, when God seems far away and we wonder why He would let evil exist and the wicked succeed, we capture those thoughts and replace them the TRUTH . . . remembering all that He has done in the past and prayerfully asking Him to give us hope.
Lead me by Your truth and teach me,Psalm 25:5
for You are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
A Prayer to Trust God When You Don’t
Understand Why the Wicked Succeed
Abba Father, Sometimes when life is painful or when I watch the news, I wonder why You allow evil and wickedness. When people lie without consequences and become more and more emboldened to manipulate and control others with falsehoods and deceptions. When individuals cheat to grow in wealth and position. When coordinated efforts are made to harm Your church and Your children. We cry out and ask, “Lord why do You hide when we’re in trouble?”
Then You remind us that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. You are gracious and patient . . . “slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.” (Numbers 14:18) You remind us of the countless times You have had compassion on us and trampled our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! (Micah 7:19)
So, I come to You and ask You to help me take every doubt and concern to You in prayer. You are righteous and just. Everything You do is good and comes from Your unfailing love and faithfulness. And I am so very thankful . . . thankful that You don’t treat me as I deserve.
I am a sinner in need of forgiveness. I need Jesus.
Thank you for forgiving me and giving me the gift of faith. Thank you for guiding me with Your TRUTH. Thank you for hearing the cries of my heart. Thank you for all You have done for me in the past and for Your promises that give me HOPE for the future.
You are KING forever and ever. I will TRUST You even when I don’t understand. Amen.
My dad has frequently reminded us that we have a choice to make every day. We can complain with frustration and resentment because people seem to be getting away with bad behavior and sailing through life unscathed. Or we can see those who are suffering and in need and do something to help.
We can look around with eyes of envy or we can look around with a heart of compassion that is willing to help the person in need.
With God’s help, may we TRUST God’s mercy and grace and look for ways to shine His light and share His love.
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