If Favor is Shown to the Wicked…

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Have you ever wondered why sometimes it seems that a person who is bent upon doing harm and evil towards others, still is blessed with a degree of favor? I think about Dr. Larry Nassar, the US Olympic Gymnastics Team and Michigan State University sports doctor, who was convicted last week of abusing 250 girls and women. Nassar was blessed with favor to be a doctor for the United States Olympic Gymnastics Team and was part of the prestigious health apparatus for Michigan State University. Despite the favor of God that was bestowed upon Nassar, he chose to use that favor to abuse girls and women. One of the lessons from Nassar is that while he seemed to “Get away with murder,” the long arm of justice found him and has snatched his favor in shame and punishment.

The Prophet Isaiah proclaims that even when favor is given to the wicked, they go in another direction and end up doing evil. My encouragement to you is to pray to God for favor, build upon that favor, and use that favor to the glory of God.

Isaiah 26: 10 If favor is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness they deal perversely[1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about “Favor is shown to the wicked…”
  2. Why would God show favor to the wicked?

 

Prayer: God, your wisdom transcends the knowledge of this world. Even though it is sometimes difficult to understand why people do the things they do, say things they say, and treat others the way they do, Lord, I still put my trust and hope in you. Lord, you cause the sun and rain to fall upon the righteous and the wicked. Bless me now with your protection. Bless us with your guidance. Bless us with your love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Is 26:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.