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I started this blog when I was following the Life Journal Bible reading plan on YouVersion. (I've since completed that plan.) At that time, YouVersion didn't provide any way for people to respond to my notes, other than to "like" them. So this blog is here to remedy that problem. You may comment on my notes here in the comment section.
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

When the wicked seem to prosper


S: Psalm 10:4-6 The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them. They sneer at all their enemies.

(Actually, refer to the whole psalm.)

O: Sometimes we see the wicked get their comeuppance in this life, e.g. Adolf Hitler, but many times in life we see the wicked seem to get away with it, e.g. Stalin. We each have less dramatic, but more personally impacting, examples in our own lives.

The psalmist at first despairs about such a situation, but then he reminds himself that God is still in control, and judgment is still coming.

God, however, does not rejoice over the death of the wicked, but desires everyone to come to repentance. For we all, like sheep, have gone astray ― each one of us has turned away from the way of God and gone our own way.

So, in a sense, we are all wicked and we all need God's grace for salvation.

A: We need to look at the wicked with the eyes of Jesus. If they don't repent, they will suffer eternal consequences. But God wants them to repent. He doesn't want anyone to be eternally damned.

P: Father, help us to see human beings not as our enemies, but rather, as victims of our ultimate enemy, the devil. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)

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