Yesterday morning I was reading Psalm 10 and came across verse 4-11. David was talking about the wicked. In verse 11 he said, ‘He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.”’ Solomon said the same thing in Ecclesiastes 8:11: “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
There are people in the world who think that they can get away with anything. For years priests have molested children and their victims must have wondered, “How long?” Some of these priests were not even convicted even after allegations were made against them. Many of them were moved to other parishes. Their crimes were covered up. Some died without paying for their crimes.
What about the Israelites who spent 400 years as slaves in Egypt? Many were born as slaves and died as slaves. They never knew what it was like to be free. During those years of toil, they wondered, “How long?”
It could be very discouraging for families who have lost loved ones to crimes and not see the perpetrators get the sentences they should because they made deals with the authorities. But Solomon offers these words of encouragement: “Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God” (verses 12, 13). For now the wicked seem to be getting away with a lot of things but God is a God of justice and He will deal with them in His time and in His way.
Asaph sums this up in psalm 73. At first, it seemed to him as if the wicked didn’t have troubles like other people or that they were not plagued with problems like everyone else. This belief made him very discouraged until he went into God’s sanctuary. It was there that he understood their end. “Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors” (verses 18, 19, NLT).
Don’t be discouraged when it seems as if the wicked or unscrupulous people are getting off easy. They are not. Remember there is a God who sees everything and one day He will judge everyone according to their deeds.