Why Do Bad People Seem Blessed While Good People Struggle?

Something I’ve wondered about & I’m sure many others have as well is why does it seem like so many bad people lived charmed lives while the rest of us struggle on a daily basis.  I mean, just look at most narcissists as one example- they often go through life with few health problems, while those around them have illnesses & diseases of all kinds.  Many narcissists are very successful in their careers or financially comfortable.  They also never seem to have any consequences for their evil actions.  Meanwhile, their victims are often sick, living with mental illnesses such as C-PTSD, depression & anxiety & often broke financially.

I know, the Bible says we aren’t to worry about this.  Psalm 37:1-4 says, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”  (KJV)  I do trust God, & don’t get mired down in envying such people.  But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been curious over why things are this way.

Recently, the movie “God’s Not Dead” came on television & answered this question for me.  What a fantastic movie!!  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  Anyway, there is one scene where a very successful man visits his aging mother with dementia in the nursing home.  As he visits her, he says that he doesn’t understand why this happened to her.  She prayed & was a very good person, yet this happened to her.  Meanwhile, he had no problem lying or cheating to make his money, & living the good life.  His mother had a moment of clarity, & told him the devil leaves some people alone so they never feel the need to reach out to God for anything.   She quickly returned to her sad, catatonic type state after saying this.  The scene was quite moving.

The wisdom in that lady’s statement made so much sense to me!  It answered a question I’ve had since I became a Christian over 20 years ago.  These people aren’t blessed.  God isn’t blessing them in spite of the bad seeds they sow.  The devil is simply not opposing them like he does with many people.  Instead, he allows these people to live successful lives, so they won’t feel the need to reach out to God.  Most of us became Christians in dark times so it seems logical to have some people avoid dark times thus making them feel no need to reach out to God.

Believe me, I’m not one to blame the devil & his demons for every bad thing.  I believe his power is limited, & he isn’t an impressive foe.  However, I do believe he tries to influence people & creates some bad circumstances with his limited repertoire.  It makes perfect sense to me that he would think this way.

Honestly, I can’t say this is true, or back it up with Scripture.  I’m just saying I think this may be the case.  Since I found it interesting, I thought I would share it with you, Dear Reader, in case you think so too.

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6 responses to “Why Do Bad People Seem Blessed While Good People Struggle?

  1. There is that parable in Matthew 13:24-30. Where Christ says, “an enemy has done this.” So yes, I doubtlessly agree that satan has sown sin in this world.

    The common thought is that there is no real enemy. Which puts people off looking for The Ultimate Ally. Then there’s the lie that God’s blessing is only in the coin of this world. But peace that surpasses understanding, assurance of love, salvation, redemption, freedom…. These can’t be bought, neither can they be mimicked…. Sorry for the lengthy comments.

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  2. I didn’t have an answer to this question until I was mature enough in my Christian walk to have the long view of human existence. We are ALL going to live forever, and we’ll do it in only one of two places. For the unrepentant sinner (such as the N abuser) that forever will be spent in hell. Human beings are so steeped in the concept of time that it’s often difficult for us to imagine life without it. But that’s what hell is. It’s an eternal life of suffering without change and without end. There is no way, and there are no words, to compare the difference between eternity and even a thousand years here. So if someone lived every day of those thousand years in peace, prosperity, and joy, yet went on to spend eternity in hell, they’d have my pity. I wouldn’t trade my eternal future in Gods house for those thousand years. And I can endure suffering here in this life,and watch the wicked prosper, with patience born of the knowledge that Gods justice is assured just as the Scripture says. I take no pleasure in that. In fact, I pray that my abusers will repent so that they have eternal life in heaven. But the knowledge that the wicked won’t escape Gods justice should give us all peace as we see our abusers living their charmed lives, even when they’re living them at our expense.

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  3. That’s very interesting. Thank you.

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