The Grass is Never Greener

It is obvious that even evil doers are flourishing every day on this earth and that might sprout up hundreds of doubts in our mind. Even the Psalmists (Psalms 73) has similar experience and questions God. It is a common practice for believers to compare the increase in wealth of ‘evil’ people with righteous people.

Many comfort and console themselves by saying that even though the wealth and earthly possessions of evildoers may be on the rise, their peace of mind surely would be diminishing. However, this kind of statement itself is an evidence of provocation.

When God-fearing students find everyone else cheating in an examination hall, we can very well imagine the mental trauma that they will be going through. When a qualified person does not get the job but sees other people getting it through their influence, they feel dejected and even angry with the organisation.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

Psalms 37:1-2

It is a question that we lament over and over, even praying to God for justice to prevail on this earth. But God knows our human nature and says

You have wearied the LORD with your words.
“How have we wearied him?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice? ”

Malachi 2:17

The book of Proverbs gives us a remedy for this saying that instead of wasting our time and energy on pondering about the increase in some evildoers fortune, we must rely on God and fear Him.

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 23:17

The verse says that let not our heart envy sinners which may be difficult for us to put in practice. But if we realise the real essence of this saying, we will love to practice it and even rejoice in it. When we go through difficult situations, the following verse gives us immense strength.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 4:4

However, many think that the evil in this world is beyond God’s territory even though God defeated death on the Cross. They think that evil is something antonym to God, but evil is antonym to good. In other words, they have understood evil as something that is confronting God. That is why they chant the words of 1 John 4:4 so vehemently.

We should understand that our God is the Creator of everything and other than God, everything else is created. Satan is a liar and can play with the creation but he cannot create anything. He snatched the dominion-ship from humans but the creator of everything is God alone.

The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:9

I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. I am Jehovah, that doeth all these things.

Isaiah 45:7

The creator has the authority over His creations. We see satan asking permission from God to test Job, as without His permission nothing can move even an inch.

Now according to 1 John 4:4, the Creator is greater than the one who is in the world. Then we may think that why has God created evil? This is a frequently asked question by believers. The Bible tells us that God created evil for the day of evil.

The LORD hath made all things for himself:…
even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 16:4

God has created good and evil and also gave us the Free Will to choose either of His creation. When a person opts for one, He says

Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.

Revelation 22:11

So, it is our choice to choose either good or evil. If we choose good, we will become the partakers of His Heavenly Regime, else we will be in the company of satan. Our choices do not halt God’s plans. If Judas did not betray Jesus, Jesus would have walked towards the Cross on His own. It was His Master’s Plan that He was obeying and nothing could stop that.

If I am not writing about this, God may use somebody else to reveal His mind. Now voluntarily, by His grace, I am a partaker in His plans. If we decide to be on His side, it is always a blessing for us.

The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.

Deuteronomy 7:22

The above verse can help us vividly understand that God has some purpose for the wicked also. The enemies of God’s people were appointed to control the wild animals. God made them busy hunting the wild animals that the righteous were leading a peaceful life.

You may not get an immediate answer for your prayers but God says that little by little He’ll make you alright, because it is all part of His greater purpose. God was using the enemies to control the growth of wild animals and when God is giving such protection to His people, they could go about their business – to worship the Creator.

In our personal lives, evildoers might still be lingering around us, but we must understand that God has a purpose in all this.

The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
and the unfaithful for the upright.

Proverbs 21:18

Joseph’s great testimony in return for his brothers’ evil schemes against him is

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Genesis 50:20

Therefore, let us not be wearied but rejoice and practice Psalms 37:1 in our life. God is taking care of all the areas of our life and we do not need to worry and can go about our business; which is to worship Him all the time.

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