Stewing Over Evildoers is Unprofitable

Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

We’ve all heard or witnessed the accounts of crimes being committed by individuals who get away with the crime because of some legal technicality. Then some slumlords become very wealthy while their tenants live in squalor in substandard properties. These greedy landlords are scandalous individuals who profit on the misfortune of others.

Nothing is more frustrating than watching those who practice evil go through life without repercussions and many times without difficulty. When bad people prosper and thrive, it even causes consternation to the most secular among us. There is an innate sense (read “God-given” – Cf. Romans 2:14-16) that when people advance in life at the expense and hurt of others, it is wrong and needs correcting. Followers of Jesus who experience hostility and hatred from people who despise biblical conduct can relate to these feelings of injustice as well. We know God exists, so why does He allow wicked people to live unchecked by divine justice?

The Psalmist instructs us on how to keep our hearts in check in the face of injustice. We must learn to wait patiently on the Lord. Fretting and stewing over evildoers is of no value. Getting frustrated and resentful will not change the heart or the behavior of the wicked. God is not saying we should be okay with wickedness or call evil good. We are instructed not to become impatient and worry about when these wrongdoers will get justice. We can rest assured, God is taking note of all the violations of people. Justice will be measured out when God deems it best.

Waiting on God demands faith and submission. We must trust that nothing escapes His view and all will be held to give an account before our God who will ultimately leave no stone unturned. In the process of time, His grace may effectually call some of these sinful evildoers to repentance and grant them faith to trust in the gospel work of Jesus. Either way, justice will be served. People will pay for their violation of God’s moral standards through suffering eternally in hell, or they will trust the work Jesus did for them on the cross to pay the price for sin, the righteous for the unrighteous so that He might bring sinners to God.

We need to spend less time wringing our hands and more time praying for the fruit of more patience in our hearts or the fruit of repentance in the hearts of evildoers. God is at work, and we need to learn to trust Him in good times and bad. May His holy name be praised!