This Month's Promise

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

- (Deut. 33:27)

Read: I Samuel 25:1-10, 36-38


"The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5)

William M. Tweed was a man who sought wealth and power, and for a time he seemed to be successful in his pursuit of these things. Apparently he did not propose to obey God or to live for a life to come. What he wanted was earthly prosperity. He thought he had it. He went to the Congress and earned in millions. He controlled the material interests of the metropolis of his country. He openly defied courts of justice in the prosecution of his plan. He was a brilliant man with great knowledge. But his death was pathetic! As William lay dying in a prison house in the city he once ruled, his confession of bitter disappointment was, “My life has been a failure in everything. There is nothing in my life that I am proud of.”

Psalm 146:9 says that the Lord frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Hebrew word here means, “to bend, to curve, to make crooked, to distort, to turn upside down.” The Lord overturns the plans and defeats the schemes of the wicked. The ungodly people look upon their business, their household and their wealth and think that they have brought all to maturity, ripeness and perfection. But all of a sudden all their labor will be lost, for God who stands by all the while and looks on, with one small touch, and with the least breath of His wrath would blast and break all into pieces.

God has so many different, unsearchable ways of taking wicked men out of the world and sending them to hell. As good sanitary agents remove all the causes of pests and plagues, so does the moral government of God mark every evil thing for destruction. Evil cannot be tolerated in the presence of a perfectly holy God. So dear friends, when the wicked prosper let us not be envious of them, but let us fear God and obey Him for He is our Creator and our Savior.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when evil men prosper, let me not be envious of them, but let me understand that their destruction will come suddenly like a raging storm. Let me revere you and keep your commandments, for you are my Lord and my Savior. Amen.