No Rest For The Wicked
Did you ever wonder why the wicked always seem to get ahead? In today's world it appears that pride, status, wealth, and power are at the top of the list for many. Wisdom, humbleness, compassion, and peace of mind are fading away. The wicked are going to be all around us, especially during the final days. But, the day of the wicked will soon be coming to an end. God is in control and the wicked will get what they have coming to them. Lets go to the scriptures and see what God says about the wicked, as well as their fate if they don't repent.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. (Psalm 37:1). Don't worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. This Psalm was intended as an instructive and consoling ode for the captives in Babylon, who might feel themselves severely tempted when they saw those idolaters in prosperity, and themselves in adversity. (Psalm 73:3, Proverbs 24:1, 24:19).
Who are the wicked, and how do they walk? A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. (Proverbs 6:12). They are worthless constant liars. (Proverbs 17:4, Psalm 73:8-9, 1 Timothy 5:13). Those with to much idle time turn to gossip and other peoples business. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; (Proverbs 6:13). They signal their deceit with a wink of an eye, a nudge of the foot, or a wiggle of the finger. Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. (Proverbs 6:14). Their is perversion in their hearts always plotting evil, and they constantly stir up trouble. (Proverbs 2:14, 6:19).
What does God think of the wicked? (Proverbs 6:16). Here are seven things that the Lord detests: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who speaks lies, one who causes conflict in the family. (Proverbs 6:17-19). These things are an abomination to the Lord.
How do the wicked think and act? The wicked are always paranoid. The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1). Just as the rich man always worries about his money, and are wise in their own conceit. (Proverbs 28:11), always thinking they can win the world on their own. The wicked plot against the just. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. (Psalm 37:12). They will gossip about you and it won't be good. They cast down the poor and needy. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. (Psalm 37:14). Always putting down the poor calling them second class, lowlifes, and ghetto-trash. They talk about the poor and righteous, but they are the ones who are quick to borrow and don't pay back. The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. (Psalm 37:21). The wicked always seek to kill the righteous. The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. (Psalm 37:32). Always wanting the righteous to stumble and seek ways to destroy them. Beware of the wicked my friend!
What's in store for the wicked? Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. (Micah 2:1). This is a warning to the wicked people. The scammers and rip off artist who lie awake at night thinking up evil plans to carry out the next day. This covers a very broad range of people in today's world.
The Lord shall tread down the wicked. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 4:3). The Lord's day when the "lawless ones" will be done away with. (Genesis 3:15, Job 40:12, Psalm 91:13, Isaiah 63:3-6, Revelation 11:15, 14:20). The evildoers will be cut off! (Psalm 37:9). But wait! What about all the evil people in the world today that seem to always get ahead of the poor and righteous. "Don't worry, their day is coming." God gives us a pretty good description of what lies ahead for them. But the wicked shall parish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of the lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. (Psalm 37:20). Did you ever throw a steak on a hot grill and see how it sizzles and the fat burns up in smoke? "So it will be for the wicked and enemies of the Lord." For the wages of sin is death! (Romans 6:23), but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
It will all end up in eternal death for the wicked if they do not repent. Better know as the second death! But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8). It is the second death, death of the soul, to those who enter the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14, Matthew 10:28).
As Jesus taught in the temple, He would explain to the Jews that whoever commits sin, is a servant of sin. (John 8:34). But God is a forgiving Father, and if the wicked forsake their ways and return to the Lord, He will have mercy on them. (Isaiah 55:7). However, if they do not change their ways, "there is no peace for the wicked." (Isaiah 48:22). No rest, no peace, till their eyes are closed for good.
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