An atheist recently said on television: “If there a God, I defy Him.” Unbelievers like that sometimes taunt Christians and say, “Why doesn’t your God openly punish people like me and open reward people like you?” When such blasphemous statements don’t bring sudden judgment, sinners tend to feel more secure in their evil ways and believers become troubled.
The Christian need not feel unsettled, however, for the unbeliever is actually deceiving himself. Consider the case of Joab and Shimei. When King David knew his life would soon be over, he told his successor Solomon to make sure these two men would be punished for their wickedness. Joab had callously murdered two soldiers, and Shimei had hurled stones and bitter curses at David when he was fleeing from Jerusalem. David’s own feelings of guilt over his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah may have prevented him from punishing these men. So Joab and Shimei probably thought they had gotten away with their wrongs. But when Solomon became king, he administered a swift and just penalty in the case of Joab, and an appropriate judgment in the case of Shimei (1 Kings 2:28-46).
The prosperity of the wicked and the triumph of the unjust are temporary. In Psalm 73:18, Asaph said that evil will soon slide to their destruction.
God’s justice is sometimes slow, but it it always sure. – Herb Vander Lugt.
They shall not stand the final test
Who live for self today;
For God sees all and He will judge
The evildoer’s way. – H. G. Bosch
Sin is not judged just by the way we see it, but by the way God sees it.
- September 6, 1984, Our Daily Bread