For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
-Psalm 73:3 (NASB)
I have seen the movie “God Is Not Dead” three times now: once in the cinema, once on DVD at home with my wife and the third time with a small group I belong to. I enjoy the movie for many reasons, but one moment in particular stands out each time I see it. An old lady suffering from dementia seems to come out of an almost comatose state and explains to her son (who is the epitome of greed and selfishness) the prison of sin he is encased in that is too comfortable for him to see. He mocks her for being such a good person and suffering in an almost catatonic state, while he is her opposite– a bad person, yet living a perfect life (in his view). Suddenly, she speaks and tells him of the prison of sin he is in that he can’t see that will hold him until it is too late– if he is not willing to repent.
I think it is true that the devil can give people the success they crave, leaving them feeling independent and in no need of God. They cling to the things of this world that they can see and which bring them instant gratification, yet in the end are temporary and gone without so much as a moment’s notice.
I thank God that it is not necessary to have someone deliver me a message of the prison of sin I do not see around me. How about you?