Today’s reading is Psalm 37.
Wait! What? That’s not right. Wicked people are chaff driven by the wind. They are not green trees, spreading out and growing. Just reread Psalm 1.
Yet, David has seen wicked trees. They look a lot like the fruitful trees of the blessed. They have their eye on the blessed, the righteous. They are doing what they can to afflict the righteous, to cut them off, to put them to death. All the while parading about like blessed trees. However, they are diseased.
David’s wise lesson on this? Don’t fret. They may look like a tree for a short time. But give it some time; the wicked tree will disappear. That is, though it appears to be a solid, stable tree, it will demonstrate that it is actually no more substantial than the chaff the wind blows away.
In fact, we Christians might remember Jesus’s own teaching here. You will know the tree by its fruit. And the tree that doesn’t produce healthy fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire (see Matthew 7: 17-20).
When you see the wicked looking like the blessed, don’t get bent out of shape. Just wait on the Lord. He’ll set things to rights in His time. And those who are His will be the ones truly blessed.
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 37.
Discuss the following questions with your family.
- What are your initial reactions to the psalm and the written devo above?
- Have you ever seen a time when wicked people looked like they were blessed?
- How does Satan use these seemingly blessed wicked people as a threat to God’s people?
- How does Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 7:17-20 help you respond when you see wicked people who appear blessed?
- What do you think we should pray for and about in light of this psalm and our discussion today?