Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Wicked Prosper

Perhaps you are like me and have often asked God along with the psalmist, “Why do the wicked prosper?” (Psalm 73). The Psalmist was reminded of their end and returned his heart to trusting God. Colossian 3:6 also reminds us of the outcome of serving self over God, “Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).

The good news is that we no longer live under the threat of God’s wrath (Romans 5:8-9). We were once fornicators, unclean, filled with ungodly passion, evil desires and covetousness. But we have been changed (Colossians 3:7).

We are admonished by the Holy Spirit to walk in a manner worthy of the name of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-3) and to put away anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language and lies(Colossians 3:8-9). Instead we are to walk as a new man. Our contemplation of the image of God gives us a pattern to follow, not the pattern of man, but that of God. Being so full of godly desires, we no longer interact with one another based on race or creed, but in fellowship with Christ who is Lord of all who belong to him (Colossians 3:8-11).