When “time dilation” happens between the righteous and the wicked, we judge life as unfair. In Physics, time dilation is when an observer sees time slows down in a clock moving relative to him. Well, I am going to use this concept quite figuratively.
Prosperity and success have their own pace in life. People do not achieve success simultaneously. For some people, they hit the homerun quite fast but for others it takes longer. I carry on the concept of “time dilation” figuratively in this idea. Take for example, the life between the righteous and the wicked. Not all righteous people enjoy instant success. Not all righteous people even experience abundance, wealth, or health. In contrast, wicked people dream big and live big. When they move and target for a goal, they are sure to get it, and sometimes, they get it fast. The righteous seems to meander along the path of prosperity and success while the wicked shoots through like a bullet. When this “time dilation” happens, we say life is unfair.
As humans, we usually think that the wicked, being evil, should not enjoy abundance and pleasures in this world. It is for the righteous and not for the wicked. We cry out to God like Habakkuk prayed,
“Aren’t you from everlasting, Yahweh my God, my Holy One? We will not die. Yahweh, you have appointed them for judgement. You, Rock, have established him to punish. You who have purer eyes than to see evil, and who cannot look on perversity, why do you tolerate those who deal treacherously and keep silent when the wicked swallos up the man who is more righteous than he, and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things that have no ruler over them? He takes up all of them with the hook. He catches them in his net and gathers them in his dragnet. Therefore he rejoices and is glad.”– Habakkuk 1:12-15 (WEB)
God sees things differently. God, who judges both the righteous and the wicked, who blesses both the righteous and the wicked, and who remains in control of every thing that happens to both the righteous and the wicked, rules with justice and wisdom. Because God is perfectly wise, His concept of time or the fastness and slowness of it, is not as how we perceive it to be. His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) and His understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28).
This truth is clearly laid out in Psalm 37 where David compares the righteous and the wicked. David says that it is better the little that the righteous have than the abundance of the wicked (Psalm 37:16). Moreover, he says the righteous should not fret when the wicked prospers and should refrain from anger because God sees their wicked ways and the time will come when their arm will be broken, they will vanish, they will perish, and they will be cut off. Soon, they will be no more to be seen. God is not blind to their wickedness. And, God is not blind to the ways of the righteous. He upholds and sustains the righteous that whatever evil plots the wicked has against them, it will not prevail because God establishes them and will not abandon them. The righteous shall live long. The righteous has a sure future.
“A man’s steps are established by Yahweh. He delights in his way. Though he stumble, he shall not fall, for Yahweh holds him up with his hand.”– Psalms 37:23-24 (WEB)
The way of the righteous is sure and secure. God does not say that the righteous will not stumble. Yes, those who follow God, can stumble along the way but He holds them up and they don’t fall.
There is a greater reward for the righteous who delights in God and trusts in Him. The righteous lives a strong, peaceful, long, and secure life. The wicked may have the quick fortune and easy life, but they don’t stay long. They are destroyed here on earth and they are also eternally doomed.
Trust in God and delight in Him even when you see the wicked prosper. God shall hold you up. You shall not fall.