No matter what happens, what tragedy, what calamity, what valley, the righteous always have a place of refuge. The wicked do not.
Proverbs 14:32 (NKJV) The wicked is banished in his wickedness, But the righteous has a refuge in his death.
The wicked never escape their wickedness. No matter how much it seems they get ahead, have fun, skirt the rules, get away with things or profit from their sin, they never escape the unbreakable law: you reap what you sow. The wicked never escape their wickedness.
So who is wicked? If we asked a hundred people we would get a thousand different answers. So we don’t ask finite and fickle humans, we turn to what is unchanging: God’s Word. The “wicked” are anyone who disregard God and live life following their own version of goodness or selfishness. They don’t care about God or they don’t believe in God or they don’t acknowledge God or they aren’t accountable to God (in their mind).
The wicked are not just criminals or corrupt politicians or crooked business men. The wicked are anyone who lives their life thumbing their nose at God (sometimes while putting on a show of religious hypocrisy that fools those around them). That means the wicked can also include soccer moms, church staff, teachers, professionals or charities… doesn’t matter what they look like on the surface, God knows the truth. The wicked can never escape their wickedness no matter what how nice they dress up their lives and deceive people around them (and sometimes themselves).
On the other hand, no matter how hard life gets, how evil life gets, how chaotic life gets, the righteous always have a safe place: GOD. The righteous are those who live a life accountable to God no matter what their status or station in this world.
Think It Over: Choice… 1) inescapable wickedness or 2) a guaranteed place of safety. It’s both sad and shocking that the vast majority of humanity choose wickedness when God has offered a refuge to anyone who wants it.