35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found. Psalm 37:35-36
We shake our heads as the sudden rise of powerful and wicked people. Choose any government in the world that has seized power via a militant coup d’tat. The leadership there is very short-lived, for “those who live by the sword die by the sword.” The people under them must endure tyranny and ruthless behavior, and unfortunately the people who replace them may not be kinder on the people.
I don’t think we fully comprehend how we in the West have been able to enjoy relative peace and prosperity. We don’t know brutal dictators except what we see in pictures. The photos of their brutality is often on display for all to see if we choose. We have relatively peaceful elections. No violence. No major hostilities among participants.
Thank God today for that peace we enjoy. It certainly didn’t come to us without God offering his stamp of approval on it.