Does it bother anyone else when you look around and see the people who are living like hell thriving while the godly seem to struggle? This used to be a real issue for me in my early years as a Christian. I would basically fuss at God. “Why is that heathen excelling while my friend who loves you is barely scrapping by? Lord, are you even paying attention?!”
“The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good….Even hell holds no secrets from God- do you think he can’t read human hearts?” (Proverbs 15:3 & 11 NLT/Message)
These verses were incredibly freeing for me. I’m not going to pretend to fully understand the why behind it all, but a wise man, also known as my husband, once shared a profound truth with me: “The wicked are receiving their reward now while ours is being stored up for us in eternity. It’s one of the tricks of the enemy.” I would much rather struggle for a little while in this life in order to receive my blessings in Heaven than live as the world calls blessed now and spend eternity in the fiery pits of Hell.
“It’s better to obey the Lord and have only a little, than to be very rich and terribly confused.” (Proverbs 15:16 CEV)
While it may appear to those of us on the outside looking in, that the one who is successful has it all, we haven’t a clue what demons they are dealing with behind closed doors. I wrote this poem about a year ago and shared it on this blog last May. It is relevant to this post, so I am sharing once again.
The Rich Man
I know a man who has it all;
big house, nice car, designer clothes.
He’s attained success in his career,
good luck follows him wherever he goes.
So why is it that his demeanor
is down-cast, sullen and morose?
Could it be that beneath all the accolades
lies a secret that nobody knows?
While wealth and good fortune are his for the taking,
his spiritual life; a disaster in the making.
He gives no recognition to the God
who gave him a firm place to stand.
God deserves none of the credit;
he is a self-made man.
His days are filled with good times and laughter
but what about what happens after?
In the quiet of darkness, he lies alone.
Inside the recesses of his mind
where “light” has never shone.
For even though he has it all, there is one thing he lacks.
A relationship with his Creator
has slipped right through the cracks.
Life without our Lord and Savior is really no life at all
So the rich man isn’t actually rich
for he remains broken from the fall.
So do not envy my friend, the rich man
for his riches shall all pass away.
His achievements will prove to him useless
before the Lord on Judgment Day.
For the one who submits that God is Lord over all, our pain lasts but a moment, while our joy is everlasting. For the one who seeks earthly possessions over heavenly gain, “you must be humbled before you can be honored.” (Proverbs 15:33 ERV)
*We are at our halfway point of the Book of Proverbs study. Let us continue with diligence and a a willingness to let the Lord reveal new wisdom to us.