The Almighty God is a God of judgment. He has set out laws and instructions for His people to follow. Those who deliberately and persistently violate these laws in spite of warnings to the contrary, are counted as wicked and therefore must face judgement. The wicked have no regard for God and man; have no shame or prick of conscience and feel nothing will happen to them even though they drink “iniquity like water” (Job 15:16) But they are hopelessly wrong – as time shall tell. The days of the wicked are numbered and this gives no small comfort to the people of God.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, ...highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God .... But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” - 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 12, 13.
Wickedness entered the world right from the fall of man in the garden of Eden. But, as Apostle Paul stated in the text for today, it will attain unprecedented heights in the last days in which we are now. The prophet Daniel described the last days as a time in which “the wicked shall do wickedly”. (Daniel 12:10) Our Lord Jesus Christ spoke of this period as a time when iniquity will abound to such an extent that “the love of many shall wax cold”. (Matthew 24:12,13)
True to the words of the apostle, many today are ultra-selfish – they think only of themselves and their families and so try to grab everything that comes their way. When placed in positions of authority to provide amenities for the public, they misuse the funds for their personal interests, insist on bribes before granting the public their due, contrary to the laws of God, (Job 15:34, 35; Psalm 26:9,10) and they refuse to pay those they hired to do jobs for them. As a result workers go without salaries, and allowances are unpaid. Scripture says: “Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.” (Leviticus 19:13) The Bible also warns that no man should go beyond and “defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such” - 1 Thessalonians 4:6.