Psalm 73:17 “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”
The seasons of our life seem to happen whether or not we acknowledge them. They sometimes take on a life all their own. Then, there are those times we find ourselves in situation or circumstance that so overwhelm us and take our breath away.
At those times, did you ever stop and wonder, “How did I wind up here?” or “What got me started on this path?”. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes. So, if there was a ‘straying’, it was me who left the path; it was me who walked my own way; it was me who refused to listen and chose selfish desires over godly leadership.
The 73rd Psalm illustrates a truth that extends to us a principle that is attacked by our enemy every single day. Asaph, the psalmist, shares his heart in dealing with a situation from which we can glean wisdom.
He laments his state of service without visible fruit; his right living without privilege and protection and his right thinking without tangible reward. He sees visibly the prosperity of the wicked with any judgment or curse. He sees them have fun and enjoying pleasures without any consequence. If we are not careful, we can be drawn in just as Asaph shares with us.
He then takes us to the synagogue. It was there he sees the full end of the wicked. Wisdom preached, shared and taught in the house of God revealed a precious truth:
Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
For you and I today, the simple obedience put forth by God can keep our hearts and minds right with Him far more than I can work up with my two hands.
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
In reading these verses, consider this me provoking you unto love and good works. Can I simply say – Go to church tomorrow.
For most of us, we could all come up with some excuse as to why should stay home, go the family gathering, rest, or finish that project… but Asaph’s words should help us. For it was only when he entered into the presence of God that he began to understand just what was ailing his heart regarding the prosperity of the wicked.
We struggle with what God placed in our hands to steward. We covet more for our own pleasure and comfort instead of praising God for His wonderful provision from His right hand. If you are a child of God, we truly have need of nothing:
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Any need I have is supplied by God. The discernment between a ‘need’ and a ‘want’ is one that comes from seeing through God’s perspective. My humble obedience to what God tells me to do, yields such peaceable fruit.
Purpose that this year we be found more faithful than last year and we can testify of the wondrous blessing of faithfulness.