Why do the wicked prosper? This is a question asked by many Christians, especially those who try to live godly lives, yet they struggle to make ends meet. The bible tells us that God blesses those who are obedient and curses those who are disobedient. But we can’t read this in a vacuum. We have to read it in its proper context. Jesus assured us that Christians will endure persecution and suffering. He also taught us that we cannot serve two masters, God and money. We are cautioned about storing up our treasures on earth for moths and rust to corrupt, or thieves to break in and steal. Jesus set the tone for us when He sacrificed His place is heaven to live the life of a pauper on earth, with no place to rest His head. Certainly, God may make Christians prosperous, but He does not guarantee that He will bestow prosperity upon them. And it is clear that He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain upon the righteous and the unrighteous. I believe those who work hard will be rewarded according to their efforts. This is a basic biblical principal. I also believe in the adage “work smart” – that is, that those who use wisdom and work hard may reap a greater reward than those who lack wisdom, even if they likewise work hard. I believe this is the case whether you are godly or wicked. Remember that this physical life here on earth is a temporary life. Those who are saved will have eternal life, while the wicked who are without salvation, prosperous or not, will suffer the consequences of their sins.