Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.
I specifically wanted to quote the first part without leaving out the second part. God does care for the righteous – this is an easy message to tell. But he also stands up against the wicked. We should never forget that part. God is both loving and vengeful and he manages the balance between the two perfectly.
Still, the difficult questions beg to be asked.
What about good (righteous) people that suffer (fall)?
What about wicked people that prosper?
Do these things nullify God’s word?
Not at all. The truth is that the questions need to be asked from God’s perspective.
Has there ever been a person saved by Christ (made righteous) that he has let fall away? No. He saves forever. That doesn’t mean the righteous will not suffer trials, difficulties, or even persecution. In fact, elsewhere in the Bible these things are promised to believers. But ultimately we are never outside of the Lord’s grasp. He never gives us more than we can handle and he carries us through the hardest of times.
Has there ever been a wicked man that earned salvation on his own? Nope. If they somehow escape punishment on Earth, you can bet they’ll get their full sentence in the afterlife. In addition, we can’t see the ways in which the wickedness is tearing them down from the inside out. Sin always has consequences and the wicked are given over to their sin in such a way that they suffer because of it (regardless of how they show it).
So in short, the righteous will never fall and the wicked will be brought down. As it should be.