Asking Hard Questions…

Psalm 73

1 Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity[b];
their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
when you arise, Lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.

The Lord is so faithful. He always meets me right where I am.

There are times when after watching the news or looking around the world or entetainment, we feel less content with the things or blessings that we have been given. We may even count the blessing of being a believer as a curse. We look and wonder why does the unbeliever seems to benefit and prosper more than the believer.

Honestly, until now, I thought that this was just a personal feeling that I had experienced. I wondered why the believer struggled to reach every goal and had to fight to win? Meanwhile, the unbeliever was handed opportunities to present their gifts and talents. Their accomplishments were more than an ample amount for them to feel satisfied with life. In their minds, when they die, they have accomplished all that they set out to do.

Yes I know what the scripture says about their father being the devil and that the gate to hell is wide…but those things just didn’t answer my question. What I needed was to hear the Lord speak to my heart on the matter. I needed Him to show me in the word, the way that He viewed the situation.

I read Psalm 73 and I understood that the feelings that I have felt and the thoughts that I have had are not uncommon to man or fellow believers. The psalmist felt the same way that I have felt and God kept him. He allow him to see what he needed to see in order to relate to all of us. Now back in those times they did see the wicked prosper, but at least when they went home they did not have those images imputed into their homes. Today we see the outward reward of the wicked, but we don’t realize at that moment that it is their reward for their obedience to their flesh and our enemy the devil. All we see at that moment is the riches that they have obtained.

I remember looking at a particular singer and wondering why I didn’t go as far as she did? After years of following God, I am thankful that I didn’t take the same route that she took. I am thankful that I didn’t make it big. Her soul is at jeoperdy. Whether she realizes it or not she has made a pact with Satan. He offered her the same things that He offered Jesus and she accepted. In the end, she wil be held accountable for the way she used the influence that she had in this world. At that time, I doubt that the riches she gained will be enough for her to not be full of regret. Oh how I pray for those who choose this route.

I feel like the psalmist. After seeing all the they have and adding God into the equation, I understand that He is not with them. Nevertheless I am continually with Him and He holds my right hand. He guides me with His counsel and afterward recieves me to honor and glory. (Ps 73:23,24) In the end, I will not be ashamed.

It is true, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. For behold, those who are far from You shall perish; You will destroy all who are false to You and like [spiritual] harlots depart from You. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” (Psalm 73:26-28)

Yes! God met me where I was and He can meet you where you are too. Ask Him those hard questions and wait for Him to answer them. Those who seek Him will find Him. Trust that there is no situation that is to much for Him to deal with. He knows our hearts and He will never leave us.

If you have some questions that you need to ask God, those questions that no one else knows about, pray a prayer like this…
“Father God in heaven. Although you sit high and look low, you are not a God that is far from me. You choose to have a personal relationship with me. You don’t deal with me as just another person in humanity, but instead like a Father with His child. You even talk to me like a dear friend. I admit that there are some issues that I am dealing with in my life. In a way, I am doing my best not to deal with them. I need your help. If you help me then I know I will be ok. Can you answer these questions for me? (Tell Him what you want to know) Make the answers clear to me. Speak to my heart, through Your word, and those who have Your wisdom. I open my heart now to hear your answer and I thank you for it now in Jesus’ Name…Amen.

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