32 For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence. 33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34 He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. 35 The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
When you stand the wicked right up next to the righteous from God’s point of view they are in stark contrast. Why is it that in day to day life it has become so hard to tell them apart from our perspective?
When we look at our choices through God’s eyes, it is so easy to see what choices to make. His blessings and His protection abound to those who choose to follow His ways. Why would anyone choose otherwise if we could all see each decision so clearly?
Satan, the father of lies, the deceiver of the brethren, the one who blinds the hearts of the unbeliever is the problem. Jn 8:44 “He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” The enemies lies cloud our perception of the truth. 2 Cor. 4:4 “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.” Unbelievers don’t have a chance against the lies of the enemy.
So what can we do to more clearly see the truth that is so plain when held up against the wicked ways of this world? Ingredient number one is the Word. We need to fill our minds with the truth. The more truth that is in us the easier it is to combat the lies of the devil. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15. Add to that prayer. As we pray, we allow the Holy Spirit to work and intercede and guide us. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Rom. 8:26-27. The last ingredient is trust. A yielding, obedient, dependent, trust in God. That His ways are better than ours. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6.
I think that the last ingredient, trust, is the hardest for me. I try it my way far too often and seem to suffer the consequences of those wrong decision more than I would care to admit. God’s plan is the best one for me. His guidance never leads us astray. I just need to trust that, lay down my pride and need to understand, and walk in simple obedience to what He has shown me.