Dictators cause great suffering, but they don’t last forever. One day they seem so permanent, the next they are on the run. Gaddafi was in power for 42 years, which must have seemed an eternity for those living under his rule, but now he’s in hiding.
Before he became the king of Israel, David knew what it was to live under the rule of a tyrant, being hunted down by the reigning King Saul. David managed to keep one step ahead, and left for us in Psalm 37 a beautiful reminder that evil never has the last laugh.
“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
“A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
“The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
“I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.”
David trusted in the goodness of God no matter how difficult life became. He knew of a better refuge than heavy weapons and high walls.
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.”