CHARACTER TRAITS OF THE WICKED (Pt. 4)
6. They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us! We will be free of trouble forever!”
Psalm 10:6 NLT
Today’s Single Shot takes another look at David’s assessment of the actions of Wicked Individuals and the things that can give us insight into their Character Traits and how we may avoid them.
In this Chapter, David is crying out to God about the actions and attitudes of those targeting him. His prayer to God is heart-wrenching, and I’m sure it was overwhelming and distressing as it happened. However, his duress has become our identifier. We can recognize our enemy’s tactics and maneuvers by reviewing David’s lament.
So, what is today’s focus? Delusion is the next Character Trait of the Wicked. How can people who do not have God in their lives believe themselves to be more potent and able than their enemies? Why do they boast, why are they full of Pride, why do they hate God?
The answer is that they have been deluded by their Pride, which is precisely the sin that doomed Lucifer. I find it interesting that it is the same weakness that he exploits within us. He is angry that his Pride led to his demise, so he wants to ensure ours by utilizing his failing.
That is how our enemy thinks. Satan is petty. He wants us to go down the same way he did. I guess it helps him accept his Fate if he knows that there are trillions of others who have foolishly followed him into Hell created only for him and his demons. It is a pathetic ploy to dupe the masses, but it’s working!
David gives us a glimpse into the mind of this kind of individual and shows us how they can act the way they do without conviction. They have become so deluded by their Pride that they believe themselves literally invulnerable to consequences. And if you are not concerned with the costs or penalties of your actions, what will you be afraid to do?
The Wicked have allowed themselves to believe that because they have not been caught and punished yet, they never will. But as those who God Loves and, in turn, Chastens, we know differently. That is exactly why we Read and Memorize God’s Word. It gives us Wise Counsel on how to conduct ourselves in the face of impending Judgment, whether we see it coming or not.
Case in point, Numbers 32:23 tells us why the point of view of the Wicked is flawed and dangerous. In part, it tells us all we need to know about why we honor God’s Will in all we do by ensuring us, “be sure your sin will find you out.”
Get away with proverbial murder, and you think you’re immune to the consequences. However, God not only sees all, but He is recording everything we do for future review. How is that going to go for you? Are you confident that you do not share any of the Character Traits of the Wicked? If not, it may be time for a reassessment. Only you know where you stand. And only you can decide to change it.
Have a Thought-Provoking Thursday and Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out.