Good Things Happen to Bad People

I have witnessed this repeatedly. A promotion being given to a coworker in which the better candidate was passed up. I knew an individual who lied about virtually everything. His resume was fake and nothing he said could be trusted. Unfortunately for me he would be made my boss. His racist attitude would prove toxic to me. He would belittle myself, customers and my employees. I did not work for this person for long. It caused me to leave my position and seek employment elsewhere. I could not understand at the time what system allowed a person of low moral character to have authority over me. It didn’t really seem fair.

We have all experienced this on some level. Athletes who cheat, politicians who lie and executives who care about nothing but lining their pockets. There are so many people benefiting from their immoral activities. So what are we as Christians supposed to do? First, know that there is always punishment in store for that person. Isaiah 3:11 “Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him.” It may seem like people are benefiting from bad behavior but are they really? Maybe in the short term but there is always a price to pay. The news is full of stories about people who get away with things for years then their life explodes almost instantly when it is time to pay for things they have done.

Second, pray for them especially if they are put in power over you. Matthew 5:44 “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This is powerful. When we see wicked behavior, God calls us to pray for them. Psychology Today says that shutting out an individual or dwelling on negative thoughts about that person can actually make matters worse. Why not embrace the way we are called and pray.

Thirdly, trust that God has your best interest in mind. Psalm 37:34 “Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.” Live the way you know is righteous. Be confident that God rewards your faithfulness. Try not to be tempted to act likewise. Know that your future is in God’s capable hands and He will help you deal with the here and now even when others seem to be reaping rewards on earth.

Bad people getting good results seem to be a trend. I must admit that it is not fun when it happens but I found something rather interesting in my own. In every case I found myself in a better situation than the last. In fact, I would even say blessed. Not sure what happened to the individual I mentioned who was put in charge over me. He left the company and I never saw him again. I wonder if he was blessed like me. I hope so.

My prayer for you is you will realize God’s greater plan for you and enable you to pray for those who wrong you while you live righteously obeying authority.

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