Are the Wicked Really Prospering? Consider their End – CRC Sunday Sermon

June 30, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading
2 Thessalonians 1:2-4

Opening Hymn
Wondrous King All Glorious (Trinity Hymnal #166)

Focus this week: Craig

Congregational Hymns
By Faith (HMA #21)

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth

We will stand…

Depth of Mercy (HMA #30)

Offering Hymn
Behold the Lamb (HMA #15)

Scripture Reading
2 Thessalonians  1:5-12

Preaching the Word
Are the Wicked Really Prospering? Consider their End
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Closing Hymn
Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders! (Trinity Hymnal #319)


One thought on “Are the Wicked Really Prospering? Consider their End – CRC Sunday Sermon

  1. Thank you Pastor for this EXCELLENT and important sermon. I wish I could “Like” it a thousand times. I certainly saved it to reread when I need to.

    I have Psalm 73 so highlighted and underlined and filled with my thoughts in the margins that there was barely room to write in your nuggets of more wisdom contained in this Psalm.

    I can’t say I’ve been to the place of teetering on that brink of losing my faith when I saw the prospering of the wicked in my life. Those who did immense harm to me yet who mock God by falsely hiding their evil by professing to be “christians”. And it works for them! Just as Asaph said and you described in your sermon. They ARE prospering on this earth-most enjoying their lives “to the max” in every way-while we who are simply trying to “endure”what’s been done to us and to honor God by not sinning against Him in our righteous anger. Even while under the most vile, continual harm from them-suffer all kinds of lingering after-effects and damages, health problems, emotional problems, PTSD, financial ruin, loss of all family and friends and church…some of them will be lifelong.

    But I did ask God “Why?” so many times. I just didn’t understand. I know their end for sure. And I know mine. But it seems so wrong to actually see NO consequences to such evil here on earth, when I’m suffering consequences for that evil so unjustly. And without a church I had no one to ask. So I sought God by myself.

    Eventually, as I kept my focus on God’s Word, His promises, His sovereignty and His character-He ALWAYS does what is RIGHT and JUST-I really “discerned their end” and truly appropriated and absorbed my coming “glory to be revealed” and eternal rewards for my obedience, faithfulness and, at times, my extremely difficult endurance, my “brute” lack of understanding of God dissipated. Though I’d still honestly prefer to SEE the evil suffer both earthly AND eternal consequences (barring God’s desired repentance by all, including the wicked, which in this case won’t happen), I’m settled in my spirit, trusting in God and thankful to Him for what He has stored up for ME!! I don’t focus on the wicked getting their due on earth anymore. I don’t expect answers to my “Why” questions anymore. I let God be God.

    The wicked are blind and doomed. They “eat, drink and make merry” never considering their certain swift and horrific end. So are they really prospering? Fleeting earthly merriment and ease of life for the wicked compared to their coming eternal damnation? Certainly not.

    The closer I lean into Jesus to keep rescuing me, to help, heal and comfort me and the more I ask for Holy Spirit understanding about all this, the less distress I feel about the supposed prospering of the wicked on earth. Earth isn’t where my real treasure is or ever will be. I hold onto that fact for dear life! Lest I slip on that oily tightrope of satan! I will NOT lose my faith in my GOOD, RIGHTEOUS and JUST GOD, despite the appearance of prospering or even the real prospering on earth of the wicked.

    One big takeaway from today’s sermon? There’s nothing new under the sun in 3000 years. Wickedness and its victims’ resulting struggles haven’t changed one bit! But we, like Asaph, can be so grateful that we can “enter the sanctuary of the Lord” (even if it is a ‘virtual sanctuary’ like this one) to pray, seek God’s Face, seek understanding from Him, His Word and these sermons. AND we can receive His answers, promises and discernment that we seek.
    Thank You, Lord.

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