GHOST IN THE DARKNESS
Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!
All of us faced an assortment of emotions at the death of Osama Bin Laden. Ten long years he seemed to be like a “ghost in the darkness”, escaping and outmaneuvering our highly sophisticated military and intelligence then, suddenly, it was over. At the end he died like everyone else, not a ghost, but flesh and blood, only a heartbeat away from his eternal reward.
This seeming prosperity of the wicked has troubled the righteous from the beginning of time. One of the Psalms of Asaph spoke about the frustration of seeing the evil people seemingly get away with their sinful ways. Sometimes we may be tempted to think, “What is the use?” That is how Asaph felt until he went to the temple and came into the presence of the Lord. When he experienced God in His house, he had a sudden burst of revelation. He saw the wicked in their fragile, perilous state, hanging over their eternal destruction. He saw it, the lost were in “slippery places” ready to slide into their eternal judgement at any time. Charles Spurgeon had an interesting observation on this passage.
“How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! This is an exclamation of godly wonder at the suddenness and completeness of the sinners’ overthrow. Headlong is their fall; without warning, without escape, without hope of future restoration! Despite their golden chains, and goodly apparel, death stays not for manners but hurries them away; and stern justice unbribed by their wealth hurls them into destruction.”
Osama bin Laden’s wealth and power could not ultimately escape the justice of God. Justice will always be served because a just God is ruling the universe by the word of His power. Maybe you are struggling with your perception that someone did something wrong to you and they have seemingly gone on and enjoyed their life. The way to overcome this is to come into the presence of the Lord. In His presence is incredible revelation. In that place of intimacy with God, like Asaph, you can have a sudden burst of light come flooding into your soul. Then you will see it, the incredible eternal reward for God’s children, and the inescapable destruction that is waiting to pounce on the lost. Osama Bin Laden has begun to experience his reward, yours lies just ahead.