“The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.”
There are not many of things that scare me now that I am an adult. However, as a child I lived in dread of a lot of things. I was afraid of vampires, clowns, Russians, and girls with cooties. Now I know that vampires can be killed with a good flashlight (the handle part, that is), and Russia is less of a threat than China. Clowns and girls are still a problem, though.
On the other hand, I used to love to fly in airplanes, drink from unwashed soda cans and public water fountains, and drive sports cars at ungodly rates of speed down curvy mountain roads. Now I know that it takes a long time to fall from 30,000 feet, germs are everywhere, and deer have a habit of walking in front of good drivers.
But the biggest thing is that most of the scary things in life are either in my mind, or avoidable. I have no fear of them eventually catching up with me. If killer bees get too close, I’ll just move. The wicked, however, have no such hope.
I like the way the NIV translates the first part of this verse, “What the wicked dreads will overtake him…” Verse 24 is telling us that the wicked are running from something, while the righteous are running to something. And more than that, whatever the wicked are fleeing will eventually catch up.
What do the wicked fear? What will eventually overtake them? A few things come to mind: being alone, pain, loss, falling, and death. Huh…coincidentally, all of those will be present in hell. Go figure.
Gonna Grant It
But for the righteous…the ones who know every good gift is from God, the ones who know grace can’t be earned…their desires will be granted.
Amazing, isn’t it? What does the righteous desire? To be loved. To be healed. To have treasure that won’t decay. To be caught up. To have eternal life. Wow! Everything that heaven will bring!
But there’s one more thing: the righteous will welcomed into the presence of their greatest Desire – Jesus.
Don’t run from Jesus. Run to Him. Make Jesus your desire.