Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Comfort in the Face of Wickedness - The Heart of the Wicked

We are aware that evil pervades our world. Wicked people speak evil. But where does this tendency towards evil come from? It is rooted in the fact that people who are apart from God have no righteousness of their own. It springs from the very fact that the heart of the wicked is set on a path away from God.

The wicked person is characterized by pride.

This pride denotes a “swelling” done by the wicked person. In Psalm 46:3 the same word is used to describe a river swelling in flood time. This is the picture the psalmist is trying to paint. Just as a river swells with the flood waters to the point that it overflows, so also the wicked person swells up with pride beyond that which he has any reason to do.

The wicked person does not have God in his thoughts.

The word “thoughts” denotes the intents of the heart. No one else knows exactly what these “thoughts” are; only the wicked knows what he is thinking. Although hidden deeply within the wicked person, God knows these intents and He also knows that He is not included in them.

The wicked person has a false sense of security.

Even though the wicked thinks that he is secure in his position, yet he is wrong in his understanding. The day will come when he will find out that he was wrong in his perception and he will understand that God has not forgotten what he has done. In this false sense of security, the wicked carries on with his actions. However, one day he will answer for all he has done.
Everyone will eventually answer for his actions. It will not be immediately, but as Galatians 6:7 states, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”

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