Saturday, October 01, 2011

Reward Evil

 4Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
 5He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. 
(Psalm 54:4-5, King James Version)

Reward Evil

Psalm 54 goes where we are not always comfortable going! It certainly does not fit smoothy with the politically correct attitudes of our day.
He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
Actually, I think the root problem is that we forget that God has any affect at all upon mankind, whether good or evil. We love to think of a kind, benevolent God who guards and protects His people from all evil, but we are quick to ask, Where is God?, when we see babies die.

How are we to view God correctly in this 21st century world in which we live? Is Psalm 54 really relevant in our day, or is it dated and archaic? The amazing thing about the Bible is the fact that it has stood the test of time; even though all of it was written over a span of thousands of years, the latest of which was written 2000 years ago, it is a living book which transcends all time. Its pages are just as relevant to us today as when it was originally written.

Just as David penned the words shown above, we can assure ourselves that God is still our helper; He is with them that uphold our soul. It is also true that God does reward evil upon our enemies, cutting them off in His truth.

Why then do good things seems to happen to evil people, while bad things often happen to good people? That question is the same question pondered by Job and his four friends. The contention of Job's first three friends was that Job must have done evil, or God would not have punished him. Though Job was not perfect, it was not his evil deeds which brought such great calamities into his life. God allowed Job to be sifted by the hands of Satan for a time, but in the end, God restored Job's health and fortunes, and gave him more children.

How do we think of Psalm 54:5, then? God does reward evil unto our enemies. Though that evil may not manifest itself in this life, it certainly will in the next. It is also important to realize that evil is being manifested upon a person if he or she is cut off in God's truth. Gone is all potential for true peace and joy!

For the Christian, God is truly our helper, but He will reward evil to the wicked. We must diligently pray for the wicked that God would graciously open their eyes to the truth, that they may receive His free salvation.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2b
God Bless You,
Linda

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