Then the Devil took him up and showed him in a second all the kingdoms of the world. “I will give you all this power and all this wealth,” the Devil told him. “It has all been handed over to me, and I can give it to anyone I choose.” -Luke 4:5-6, GNT
Your ex or soon-to-be-ex spouse is not the Devil. But it might feel that way sometimes.
In fact, you might detect a similar pattern:
They defied God and seemed to be blessed or even promoted!
It does not seem fair!!!
As the above quoted Scripture suggests, Satan has a lot of wealth and worldly power. In fact, Jesus does not challenge the Devil on that point proving Satan actually does hold such a prosperous station in truth.
I find that oddly encouraging.
It gives me perspective.
I see how God handles even His worst enemy, the very embodiment of evil.
While I might prefer swift justice and judgment in my flesh, God is slow to anger even with an enemy who is destroying and hurting the people God loves and for whom His only Son died. God’s ways are not my ways (see Isaiah 55:9).
Strangely, these spiritual truths are comforting to me. When I think my ex-spouse and her supporters are thriving as if nothing happened, I can look back at this example. I can gain perspective on how God deals with evil.
Satan looks like he is thriving now as the ruler of this world. And God has allowed him to prosper holding wealth and power for much longer than any single human life. It does not seem right or fair.
But I know the ending of Satan’s story…
-Evil does not win.
-Satan does not triumph over God.
-Injustice does not triumph over righteousness.
-God will not be mocked.
A reckoning is coming…
My ex-wife and her supporters might look like they are thriving right now. Or they may even be thriving in actuality. It matters not. God sees this all. He will settle accounts even if it is not in my timing or how I might choose. He is God. I am not.
I trust in His goodness, holiness, righteousness, and wisdom.