The Wicked Prosper???

“His (the wicked man’s) ways are always prosperous, he is haughty and your (God’s) laws are far from him, (Psalm 10: 5)” The first two-thirds of Psalm 10 laments all the ways the wicked man seems so successful. I had to ask myself if that was not just a bit true but also a bit backwards. The rich, the wealthy, those in political power often have a shadow side that the news is so willing to exploit and debate. But should not the good overcome? Like Tevya or one of the men gathered to hear the newspaper read to them says in Fiddler on the Roof, Can’t you read something good?””  By verse 12, the psalmist calls on God to rise up in the face of injustice. “But you, O God, do see trouble and grief, you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (v. 14)” It often feels like evil prevails but I would gather from this psalm that the helpless are thus forced to cling to God who cannot be defeated. God must be their first priority. I remember the adage, “The end of the story is not told.” In the middle of the story we worry what will happen to our hero or heroin and how the plot will work out. We vote for the underdog to be justified. Making God our first priority may not look like winning in the middle of the story of life but if I were to have someone in my corner, I would want it to be God. Let us not despair in the dark what we know is true light and as we face the challenges of the day, may we remember that the story is not finished. May we keep our priorities in order!

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