January 3, 2017: He Built a City

Morning: Genesis 4-6, Romans 1:1-7; Evening: Psalm 3

Prosperity among the wicked is not an uncommon thing. The Lord Himself spoke through the mouth of Jeremiah and said that even among His own people wicked men had “grown fat.” They do not plead the cause of the fatherless, yet, “they prosper” (Jeremiah 5:28). As Cain went from the presence of the Lord, he knew his wife, she conceived and bore him a son. He also built a city and named it after his son. His son had children, and his grandchildren had children. His great-great-great grandson would even become the first man known in the biblical record to take to himself two wives. As he did so he puffed out his chest and essentially challenged any man who would point the accusatory finger to a duo!

There will be times when you walk with Jesus where you will be driven to stand before the Lord as Jeremiah did declaring, “Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper?” (Jeremiah 12:1-2). You may like the Psalmist be compelled to confess, “I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:1). You may utter the words of Job beneath your breath, “The tents of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure” (Job 12:6).

The lesson you should learn from Job, however, lies in perseverance. There is an end intended by the Lord. Blessings, honor, mercy, and compassion to him who knows wisdom and continues in it (James 4:11). As for the wicked, “Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way… For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 37:7, 9). Cain’s lineage built a city, but Adam’s lineage “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10).

Be honest with yourself… Does the way of the wicked sometimes attract you? Persevere in your walk with Jesus. Your prize will be waiting.

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