Text:“Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him” – Ecclesiastes 8:12.
It is a grave state of spiritual danger for anyone to drown himself in a carefree attitude towards the worship of God, to an extent where one begins to despise anything theocratic. Some people look down on the service of the Almighty God probably because of their academic attainment, social status, position, wealth or talent, etc. In their arrogance, they speak glibly against God thus: “What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?” – Job 21:15.
Solomon the preacher lamented the situation where wealth, fame and fortune are given to individuals who do not have the fear of God, while penury, hardship and other societal ills sometimes afflict those who are diligent, zealous and sincere in their practice of God's righteousness, that he termed it “vanity” (Ecclesiastes 8:14). The devil is the architect of this abnormality, being “the god of this world”. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
The text for today is a stern warning to the ungodly that the “pleasures” of sin are temporal. (Proverbs 11:19; Job 21:30; Ecclesiastes 8:13). It is also a consolation to those who are steadfast in their services to God that He “is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love” in that He has promised to bestow on all who wait upon Him, the earth and all its fullness so that they would “delight themselves in the abundance of peace... “ – Psalm 37:9,11,22,29.