God will often allow us to see what happens to people who do wrong to others. Most times we become frustrated, when it seems like people continually thrive from doing wrong and taking people for granted. There are numerous examples of millionaires who pay their employees meagre wages while they take home large salaries. What is the punishment for people who continually treat people unfairly?
David has many comforting words for us about the wicked. “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.” (Psalm 37:1-2) It was David who also said, that it almost caused him to stumble when he saw the prosperity of the wicked. He was envious of the wicked and considered that they had no trouble while they were alive. David dedicated an entire chapter to this. I like the end of the chapter when David went into the house of the Lord to gain further understanding. (Psalm 73:1-17)
God revealed to David how he dealt with the wicked. “Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.”(Psalm 73:18) David admitted that he was ignorant before God and confessed his bitterness. David ended with worship and adoration to God and acknowledged the goodness of God. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” (Psalm 73:25)
The truth is that we are human and like David, we can harbour bitterness towards people who are wicked and seem to prosper. We can feel anger and resentment towards people who have mistreated us and appear to continue to prosper without any consequence. David’s prayers and revelations shows that no sin goes unpunished. When we trust in God and surrender our hurt and worries to him, he will avenge and there is a reward for every wrongdoing.
“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.” (Proverbs 11:10)