As if it’s weren’t bad enough to ignore God’s will, many go the extra step of thumbing their nose at God.
In Psalm 10:3-11, an inspired psalmist reveals the inner monologue of the wicked. Three times, he records the wicked person’s boastful words. This provides an insightful look at the thoughts of scoffers, but also provides a warning for Christians. If you hear yourself saying things like these, you had better change your attitude!
I Don’t Need God in Order to Be Happy
The wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord. The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God” (10:3-4).
Jesus said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:24). One reason is because the wealthy do not feel their dependence upon God for daily bread (see Deuteronomy 8:11-19).
Independence from God is an illusion. Mr. Oil Baron, God put that petroleum deposit in the ground long before you tapped it. Mrs. Software Engineer, God gave you the mind to design such intricate machines. It is foolish to declare that God does not exist (Psalm 14:1); it is equally foolish to declare that you can get along without Him. May God never allow us to become so successful that we fail to give Him thanks.
I’ll Never See Cloudy Days
His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them. He says to himself, “I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity” (10:5-6).
The wicked rich don’t have to experience a lot of the suffering endured by the masses. Their wealth insulates them from crime, hunger, sweaty work, tooth decay, lousy schools. They seem to prosper always, to live beyond the reach of God’s judgments. They say “I will not be moved”—that is, they can’t imagine a time when life will ever be different, when they will be knocked off their pedestal.
But, truth is, no one can avoid trouble forever. Moth and rust destroy, thieves break in and steal, (Matthew 6:20), and there are countless other ways for a person’s physical fortunes and earthy circumstances to change. And besides, eventually, every person faces the wearing out of the body, the decline of vigor and pride and energy and strength which, whether it comes gradually or comes suddenly, comes inevitably. It’s sad to see an unbeliever grapple with his own mortality. Some manage a happy face; some pour money into the silly fantasy of cryogenics. But oh, how the approach of death fills the wicked man with doubts.
I’ll Never Be Called to Account for My Sins
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness. He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate… He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He has hidden His face He will never see it” (10:7-11).
It is a mistake to think that because God doesn’t send immediate lightning to smite a sin, that God doesn’t notice it. Solomon once said, “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11).
One crime may pay, which hardens the heart to commit more crime. “Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel” (Proverbs 20:7). Even if he avoids suffering a mouthful of gravel, there will be an eternal reckoning, a deeds-based judgment. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). It is wishful thinking that God will not judge. Best to learn what to do to prepare for it! –John Guzzetta