Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV)
There is a lot I don’t get. There is plenty I don’t understand. Like what? I don’t get or understand how the wicked can seem to prosper while the righteous seem to suffer. You have used an important key word. What word is that? Take a guess. I used the word seem. Is that a key word? Yes, it is. Why did you even think to use that word in your question? I guess I was open to the idea that I might not have the correct perspective. I might be seeing life from the wrong vantage point. Is that a rare occurrence? Is what a rare occurrence? Is your not having the correct perspective or right vantage point a rare occurrence? No, it is not. I often get things wrong. There are plenty of times that I have not understood life correctly. That’s a good admission on your part.
Do you want to get things right? Do you want to understand life correctly? Yes, I do. What will you do if you really want to get things right and understand life correctly? I won’t rely on my own understanding. I will admit that I need help. That is a good start. What else? I will stop looking all around me. I will quit comparing my life to others. That is also good. What else? I will come to you. I will enter in your presence. I will ask you questions. I will seek your wisdom. I will wait for your answers. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. That is very good.
When you have entered my presence what have I shown you? You have shown me that this life is very temporary. You have shown me that this life is like a mist or a mirage that will soon pass away. This life is like the blink of an eye or the snap of the fingers. It is here today and gone tomorrow. Those who are rich and strong and powerful today may be paupers and weaklings tomorrow. What looks like success and prosperity today may be desperate poverty tomorrow. The wicked who seem to be succeeding in this life will certainly fail in the next life. The godly who seem to be suffering in this life are awaiting a rich inheritance with you in the next life. That’s true. That’s right. That’s good.
What else have you learned in my presence? I have learned that you are good and right and true. I have learned that I can hold on to you. I have learned that you are with me to help me. You are guarding and guiding my life. I have learned that I would not trade being close to you for anything that this life has to offer. You are my refuge. You are my strength. I will rely on you. That is very good.
Lord, I have been discouraged in my heart when I have envied the arrogant and seen the prosperity of the wicked. No more! Instead I will keep my eyes on you. You have brought strength to my heart as I have drawn near to you. Amen
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