The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but He thwarts the craving of the wicked.
In true Hebrew poetic parallelism, this verse says God knows us and understands what is best for each of us. So, He knows when “the righteous go hungry” and He knows “the craving of the wicked.”
When it comes to the righteous, is says He “does not let the righteous go hungry.” The rule is that God will feed the righteous – although there are points when He does have a different plan for their lives at that time.
The verse does NOT say He will not feed “the wicked.” But He will “thwart” the inappropriate “cravings” they have.
The real issue about this verse for me is whether I choose to accept both these statements as true. If I do and the righteous go hungry, I should be able to accept that He is doing something unique in this situation.
If I believe that He thwarts the craving of the wicked, when the wicked seem to really get out of control, I should be able to accept that there is something else He is doing in this situation.
Admittedly, I do struggle with such situations as they happen in the world around me. But — based on what the Bible says and my 44 years of imperfectly walking it — I believe He’s in charge and knows what He’s doing and will do what is best for each of us!
Choosing to believe and follow that has been a powerful force in my life over the decades. I invite you to join me.
We can trust His judgment!