Why Do The Wicked Prosper?
Let’s go right to God’s Word for our text… We get it from Jeremiah 12:1
“LORD, if I argued my case with you, you would prove to be right. Yet I must question you about matters of justice. Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why do dishonest people succeed?”
Jeremiah asked a question that is just as real to us today as it was to him 2,500 years ago… “Why do the wicked prosper? And why do dishonest people succeed?”
The writer of Psalms 73 had a felt the same way long before Jeremiah did. He says this:
Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?” Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.
He really makes his case! He was jealous of the life of a wicked man and felt like his righteous life was in vain! And, it was only when he had spent enough time in God’s House that he began to understand what their end was and he was satisfied…
Let’s take a quick look at what Jesus had to say about this subject while we are at it…
Luke 6:24-25 “But how terrible for you who are rich now; you have had your easy life! “How terrible for you who are full now; you will go hungry! “How terrible for you who laugh now; you will mourn and weep!
So, despite the fact that their end is so bad, the truth is that they have it better than anyone else in this life… And, the question remains the same… “Why do the wicked prosper so much and why do dishonest people have such an easy life?”
How can God be fair if He lets it be like that?
Genesis chapter 3 gives us some insight into this…
“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
We all know about that pronouncement! Man’s lot is sorrow and hard work hard and only by the sweat of his brow will he get his food…
But who wants to have to live like that? No one!!!
Yes, God has blessed good, honest men who have prospered but they had to get their prosperity by the sweat of their brow!
Well, this is where the enemy of our souls gets involved…
Paul the Apostle opens up our eyes to a certain truth…
2 Corinthians 4:1-4 (KJV)
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
The “god of this world” offers to mankind an easier way… Paul calls it a “way of dishonesty… of craftiness and deceit…”
All they have to do is love money to worship him!
Therefore, we need avoid the love of money… for it says in 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Those who love money have exchanged worship of The Eternal One to worship Satan and Money…
He even held out this dishonest, crafty deceitful way to Jesus!
Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
So why did Satan tempt Jesus with the riches of the world?
If he could have gotten Jesus to fall for the glory, the glamour and the gold of the world and worship him then the Kingdom of God never would have kept Advancing! Satan would have stopped it!
He succeeded with Adam… Thank God he failed with Jesus!
OK… so people will worship Satan to get the gold and have the “good life”… that’s clear but why does he do it?
The answer is that the god of this world, Satan, uses the prosperity of the wicked to fund his kingdom and expand it to the tune of over 1 Thousand Billion Dollars a year!
Illegal Drug Trafficking Worldwide: $400 Billion
Porn: $ 200 Billion
Legal Gambling: $ 300 Billion
Psychics: $ 100 Billion
The more money that his followers have the more he controls the world!
Did you know that Satan believes the Word of God when it talks about money?
Just look at this…
Ecclesiastes 10:19 Laughter and bread go together, and wine gives sparkle to life – but money that makes the world go round.
Here’s another way to say that:
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answers all things OR “money talks”!
Satan knows that money makes the world go round! He knows that money talks and that is why the wicked prosper! He wants to control the world…
Jesus gave us “the Golden Rule”… Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…
Satan has his “golden rule” too… He who has the gold rules!
Since he couldn’t stop Jesus he perpetrated the most heinous ruse the world has ever seen…
He convinced the Church that they should be poor!
And, by getting the Church to believe a lie that they should be poor and not prosperous his grip on controlling the world remains!
God wants you to prosper because money makes the world go round and God wants it to turn His way!
Moses reminded the people of his time that God desired His People to become Prosperous and He had a good reason…
And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
The Lord wants to “Establish His Covenant” with us!!!
Said in New Testament terminology that means He wants to “Advance His Kingdom”!
So FIRST, for us to truly Prosper we must be sure we do not love and worship money!!!
For that is worshipping the devil!
So, we must be sure to do what Jesus said to do…
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
SECONDLY, you must believe it is God’s will for you to prosper!
To do that we have to get a grip on this Scripture…
3 John 2 “Beloved, I PRAY ABOVE ALL THINGS that you may PROSPER, and be in HEALTH, even as your SOUL PROSPERS”
I can’t emphasize this enough… John said “I pray ABOVE ALL THINGS that you may Prosper… and be in Health… at the rate that YOU SOUL PROSPERS…
John links Prosperity and Health with Spiritual Growth…
Say it with me: ABOVE ALL THINGS God wants me to Prosper …
Here are some important Scriptures to help you keep this thought in the front of your mind!
Deuteronomy 28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
Ecclesiastes 7:11 – 12 Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life. Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.
Malachi 3:10 – 12 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
1 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a cheerful giver.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. For God is the one who provides seed for the sower and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
As I said earlier, Satan believes the Word of God and knows that its money that makes the world go round. That’s why he perpetrated the lie that God wants us to be poor and not rich! But The Lord wants you to be “The Head and not the tail!”
God wants the world to go round His Way! So, you have to become prosperous so you can follow the golden rule: He who has the gold rules!
Money talks and it’s about time it starts to talk about Jesus!
What would the world be like if Christians started to control over 1 Million Billion dollars?
So, the way to start to become prosperous is to start to be obedient in the Tithe and Generous in Sowing!
When we get out lives in order and “Seek the Kingdom first” the enemy will be the ones wondering about out Prosperity and they will be asking:
“Why do the Godly Prosper and why do they have blessed lives?!