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When the Wicked Sprouted Up Like Grass

April 30, 2019

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When the Wicked Sprouted Up Like Grass

Many grasses go dormant  for the winter.     To look at them,  one might imagine  they were dead.     But,  come spring,  they all sprout up  and grow at a very vigorous rate.     Then we are kept busy mowing it down  to keep it under control.     If we are not diligent  in keeping it under control,  it can spread into our flower beds  and choke out  our flowers.

Because grasses can be so dominant,  God’s word compares wicked people  to the forceful and rapid growth  of grasses.     Psalm 92:5-9 sets the stage  for this comparison.

How great  are Thy works,  O LORD!    
Thy thoughts are very deep.    
A senseless man  has no knowledge;    
Nor does a stupid man  understand this:    
That when the wicked sprouted up  like grass,    
And all who did iniquity  flourished,    
It was only  that they might be destroyed  forevermore.    
But Thou,  O LORD,  art on high forever.    
For,  behold,  Thine enemies,  O LORD,    
For,  behold,  Thine enemies will perish;    
All who do iniquity  will be scattered.

It’s supposedly not politically correct  to say that the wicked  will perish forevermore.     These days  it isn’t considered nice  to even point out wickedness.     The wicked will accuse the righteous  of being judgmental,  but that is something  they have been doing  since the beginning of time.     God chooses  to point out wickedness anyway;  and His word  from beginning to end   shows us the differences  between good and evil.     Consequently,  there doesn’t really have to be any quibbling  about what is godly  and ungodly.

Those who have respect  for God’s authority  might feel overwhelmed  by the vast number  of evil influences.     It can appear that the wicked have the upper hand  in every aspect of life.     The wicked sense that also,  and become very arrogant  as they push their liberal philosophies  and practices  upon others.     But,  for all their arrogance and belligerence,  God describes these wicked people  as senseless and stupid.     They really think  they are getting away  with all their ungodly ways.     Since they are too senseless  to acknowledge  that God is real  and that He will judge us all  in the end,  they have to be described  as stupid — that very politically incorrect term.

Even though the wicked know full well  that the Bible calls them wicked,  they don’t want  to repent  of their ways.     It just makes them more rebellious.     They feel  that since God hasn’t struck them down yet,  He doesn’t have the power  to do anything.     And that is what is so stupid.     God is the one  who created all things.     God is the one  who kept all  of His promises  of a Savior  in Jesus Christ.     What could be more powerful?

Because they stubbornly refuse  to become godly,  God points out,  “It was only  that they might be destroyed forevermore.”    Yes,  the wicked are an awful test  to God’s children  for now,  as they push all their evil thinking  upon the rest  of society.     But,  they will be destroyed forevermore,  which is sad,  because during their whole life here,  they do have God reaching out to them  and asking them  to repent.     Instead of accepting God’s forgiveness  in Christ,  they despise it.    

As Christians,  we are not  to let the wicked tear down  what God has assured us of  in His word.     They will pretend  that their liberal philosophies are superior  and will make one successful  in life.     One could be fooled  by that only if we don’t know what God teaches us  in His word.     As we study God’s word daily,  we will see the stark differences  between worldly philosophies  and the truths of God.

As we see how very blessed we are  to have God’s word  as our teacher  in this life,  we will realize  how narrowly we have escaped eternal destruction.     Then,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for faithfully showing me  Your way.     Keep my eyes and ears open  to Your truths,  that I may treasure Your word  and salvation forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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