Proverbs 10:30 says:
The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.
At first glance this sounds great. Then you think further and wonder what this really means since you could bring up so much evidence in the Bible where the righteous were uprooted. What does it really mean?
What does it mean to be righteous? To be in God and following His ways. Where are the righteous rooted? In God.
Periodically in our walk with God, wicked men will appear within the flock. They will try to blend in with the righteous. Many are found out quickly and easily. When discovered, they leave. There are those that blend in so well that they are able to cause damage. Yet, they are eventually discovered and leave.
The righteous will not be taken from God. The wicked will be banished.
These words sound good, but if you are experiencing any of this first hand you wonder about the truth of it because it seems that the righteous are missing and the wicked remain. Ah, what we see can be deceiving when we do not have the complete range of site that God has.
Sometimes the wicked “remain” for long periods of time. It could be months, years, or decades, but they will never truly remain. They will be discovered, and they will be removed. It is just hard during those times when they are in our midst.
The comfort comes in the Word where God promises us that we will always be there in Him while the wicked will be cast aside. Some might argue that they are just words, but the Word of God is more powerful than any army or nuclear weapon. All He has to do is whisper and it shall be.
Don’t get discouraged when it seems that the enemy is winning and God has just walked away. Any time a soldier on the battlefield looks around, it seems hopeless. They are in the think of the swinging arms, pushing bodies, slashing swords, blood splatter, and death. They cannot see the whole battle picture. They cannot see what God sees. They cannot see the enemy falling until the battlefield is clear and the righteous remain standing facing their General.