Be still in the presence of the LORD,and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. –Psalm 37:7 NLT
I find this exceedingly difficult. Wrongs that need righted, issues that need intervention, the problems that I think should be resolved… it’s so hard for me to be still and wait on God. Those around you that live dishonestly or immorally that seem to prosper more with each passing day, while you struggle to meet your obligations. I feel like a two-year-old in church sometimes; fidgeting and completely without patience, waiting on God.
I recently completely an in-depth study of the book of Jonah. After Jonah ran away from God, he was forgiven. God asked him to continue on to Nineveh to preach for them to repent, which he did. Something I never realized before: although God was happy that the Ninevites repented, Jonah was upset. He felt that God should destroy Ninevah because of their evil actions. It’s hard to live such a black-and-white life. If all was fair, those who do evil would not prosper. But for this to happen, God would have to tamper with our free will, something He would never do. I have a choice; I could live a wicked, dishonest life and may perhaps prosper for awhile on earth. But it’s more important to live correctly as a Christian, whether it’s prosperous or not.