How Long Will the Wicked Triumph?
The righteous have been asking this question for thousands of years now.
3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph ?
4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
5 They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
There are various lengths of time that the wicked can seem to be victorious over the righteous.
1. Short term
2. Long term
3. Somewhere in between
4. Not at all
The power of the wicked can be related to a few things
1. Sin in the life of the believer, who has not repented yet. This gives the enemy authority over the circumstances of affliction.
2. Sin in the life of the believer, who HAS repented. This power of the enemy will weaken but the believer is suffering from the natural consequences of their actions.
3. A believer who has not done anything wrong, but is ignorant of their authority over the enemy.
4. A believer who has not done anything wrong, but is undergoing testing by the Lord.
5. The person IS wicked, and is allowed to have power for a set time, for a purpose determined by God, which will produce, ultimately, a good result. This may be the most painful experience, as the true purpose of the suffering may not be revealed to the believer, and the believer cannot understand why God is allowing this.
The degree of suffering by the believer seems to increase with each category above.
In the meantime, the wicked boast of their victory, a sign to them that they are right, the believer is wrong, and that God is blessing them, the wicked, instead of the believer.
It looks like we are defeated, and that the wicked is “favored” by God.
But the fact is, God always knows the end from the beginning, and He sees what the wicked has done:
8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish?
Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;
he knows that they are futile.
God is not mocked.
He knows our situation and needs.
It is time for us to realize that “success” or temporal victory is not the real blessing we need and seek.
The true blessing is know God personally, and having his law in our hearts.
We must have faith that ultimately God will come to support us.
12 Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
the one you teach from your law;
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
Until the final redemption, there will be evil that attacks the believers, to overcome them.
But the temporary victory they have cannot last, and cannot have the power that God has in the situation:
20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
God’s divine justice will prevail in the end:
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins
and destroy them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.
For those who are being defeated by the wicked, know this:
Do not give up.
The end of what you are going through has not happened yet.
Hold onto your faith.
Submit to God, and continue to resist the enemy.
You may be losing battles, but God will win the war for you, and for His purpose.
Do not give up!
The key to final victory is surrendering to God. Let Him do it.