"...the wicked will not stand..." Psalm 1:5
In my last blog, we discovered that those who put their roots deep into the rich soil of God's Word will become established, bear fruit, and be ever green with life. The psalmist contrasts this picture of health and life with the destruction awaiting those who reject God's purposes, His plan, His peace.... His presence in their lives. To withhold the reality of judgment for them would be unloving... like a parent who does not warn his/her child not to touch a hot iron, or who neglects to educate the child how to safely cross the street, approach animals, or even interact with others. If the elect are to be held accountable for ministry opportunities (read Mt. 25:40-45), surely God will also hold possessors of salvation accountable for omitting to share the reality of both the good news and the bad.
The wicked - those who reject both the message and gift of Christ - are described as lives that will be as insignificant as chaff which has been blown away by the wind; literally just dust in the wind. God has a greater purpose for the lives of His children. We are to make an impact on this world as we imprint hearts and minds with the love of Christ. Today's five understandable words also describe the wicked at the time of judgment. They will not stand. Indeed, every knee will bow and every knee will confess that Jesus is Lord. (Philippians 2:10; Romans 14:11; Revelation 5:13) It will be too late for them, when kneeling before Him in judgment. They will be trembling with fear and dread while hearing the words of Almighty God, "Depart from me you workers of iniquity, for I never knew you." (Mt. 7:21-23) They will be rejected from the assembly of the righteous. (v.5) In the end, the way of the wicked will lead to destruction. There will be no eternal joy for them... no eternal peace... no eternal rest... nothing.
This tragic and sad description of those who reject Christ should embolden Believers to share the good news of His salvation, or at the very least to pray harder for their eyes to be opened.
Will you commit yourself to prayerfully ponder upon these words?
THE WICKED WILL NOT STAND
Kneel before Him now so that we will stand before Him accepted at the judgment.