“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
Memorize this verse! Roll it over in your mind. "Write it on the tablet of your heart" as the Scripture says. Do this because this little verse reveals something important about God.
God opposes the wicked. Those that break His laws, who go against His commands, He will not prosper. The world may celebrate them, they may even appear to thrive for a short time, but their end is destruction (see Psalm 73). They will not know peace. Psalm 146:5-9 elaborates on this same point. As you read it take note of all the types of people God helps and notice that there is only one type of person He disappoints.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,Whose hope is in the Lord his God...Who executes justice for the oppressed;Who gives food to the hungry.The Lord sets the prisoners free.The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;The Lord loves the righteous;The Lord protects the sojourners;He supports the fatherless and the widow,But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
God doesn't take the sin in your life lightly, so you shouldn't either! Run from wickedness! Avoid temptation. Focus less on identifying who the wicked are around you and focus more on asking yourself the question, "Am I wicked?".
For further reading...
- Asaph considers the apparent prosperity of the wicked in a powerful psalm- Psalm 73.