Day Three: Evil Cannot Stay

Psalm 125:3 (NIV) – “The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.”

The word “scepter” is to be understood as oppressive power that is bent on destruction.  In today’s verse, because the Lord is our security, the evil and oppressive intention of the wicked cannot stand or remain—whether sickness, death, despair, and persecution.  In light of this truth, how are we to no longer respond in fear and despair to the difficult circumstances of our lives?

In today’s verse, the psalmist suggests that the main reason why the wicked cannot remain is because the land does not belong to them! Rather it belongs to the ones whom it has been allotted to.  What this means is that the life of security, blessing, hope, and salvation has been allotted to us by the Lord, and no power or the evil intention of the wicked will prevail. What are the clear blessings that that Lord has allotted to you?

When we are threatened by fears and insecurities, we can be tempted to respond by doing evil or having unloving thoughts and responses towards others. However, because the scepter of the wicked will not remain, our hands are also to not be used to do what is evil. In what ways have you been tempted or given into doing what is wrong in God’s sight due to fears and insecurities? What are some practical ways to respond where evil and wickedness are not allowed to remain your life?

– GK