Though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever; but you, O LORD, are on high forever. Psalm 92:7-8
We all know what it is to feel distressed over the rising tide of evil in our world. But the Bible encourages us to look at human defiance toward God from an eternal perspective.
If we consider the world only from the perspective of our life span, we can feel that evil is taking over. We can fear that everything will be lost, and we can find ourselves either in the grip of anxiety or in the grip of anger.
But those who defy God last only for a short time. The enemies of God who opposed Him in the seventh century are all gone. The same is true of those who opposed God in the ninth century and the eleventh century—and in every other century. “Fret not yourself because of evildoers” (Psa. 37:1). Why? Because “they will soon fade like the grass” (37:2).
From God’s eternal point of view, the wicked are here today, and they are gone tomorrow. But God is everlasting. Jesus rose to an everlasting life. God “shall prolong his days” (Isa. 53:10).
And you are His offspring. You have life everlasting. The wicked will soon be gone, and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psa. 23:6).
What is a growing evil that you are concerned about today? How might it help you to take God’s longer (eternal) perspective on it?