Facing disturbing facts of life? Have a long term perspective.
Bible Answer the disturbing questions of life.
Read below Psalm 73:12-20.
” 12 Look at these wicked people—
enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.
15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then, I went into your sanctuary, O God,
and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path
and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord,
you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.”
The writer of 73rd Psalm in the Bible understood this disturbing and troubling fact of life as described above in verses 12-14. The wicked and those who do not fear or obey God’s rule are enjoying life and their riches multiply. Then he says I fear the Lord and obey his rules but end up getting trouble all day long and every day brings me pain. Why should he fear and obey God, if this is the result he is going to get out of fearing and obeying God? Honest Question!
Is this the way you feel about life? I am sure most of us felt the same way, right? Keep on reading for the answer Bible gives for this dilemma.
What’s going on?
The Psalmist went into God’s sanctuary to understand what’s going on. He understood this eternal truth of the destiny of the wicked from God’s sanctuary. What is that eternal truth? God put them (the wicked and people who don’t fear and obey God’s rules) on a slippery path and send them to destruction eventually. The wicked and those who do not fear God will be destroyed and swept away by terrors.Disturbing questions of life and its answers. Click To Tweet
Need a long time perspective.
My friend, God says you keep a long term perspective when going through unfair circumstances. Short term, you may feel really bad, but long term God will work it out in your favor.
Think about Jesus. Judas, who was one of the twelve apostles, betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. He got silver as a compensation for not playing with the rules. But what happened? God, the ultimate righteous judge of the world turned table after 3 nights. Of course, Jesus was crucified, but He rose on the third day. what about Judas? He slid over the cliff to destruction- He hanged himself after 3 nights.
Think about David. He had to patiently wait and suffered on going cruelties from Saul for about 20 years after Samuel anointed him as the king of Israel. Two decades of sufferings. What was the end? Saul had to kill himself at the end.
Think about Joseph. Another man in his young life had to suffer from discrimination, separation, cruelties, false accusation for about 15-20 years in his good youthful years. But God, the righteous judge, lifted him up and escalated to the highest position in Egypt.
Think about Job. Job suffered indescribable miseries for several months (at least 7-8 months), he had to bury all of his seven sons and three daughters. He lost all his wealth, became repulsive to his own wife, even his own friends blamed him and young children mocked him. But after many months, in God’s time, He has rewarded everything back two-fold.
Dear friend, regarding Jesus, it took only 3 nights. In job’s situation, it took several months. However, in David’s and Joseph’s case, it took decades to prove the truth of God’s word as presented above in Psalm 73. I don’t how long it takes for you, but be assured God will have a day when you will be lifted up against all unrighteousness and unfairness.
Let me ask you this question to you and me – Can we plunge into the disturbing and heavy painful troubling facts of life and emerge victoriously as the writer of 73rd Psalm did, with a renewed confidence in God and a deeper thirst for Him? Both David and Joseph and other faith warriors listed in the Bible faced with this disturbing fact but emerged out of it with more confidence in God and more thirst for Him.
The writer of 73rd Pslam said in verse 15 that if he had spoken why in vain he kept his heart pure and fear God and obey Him, he would have betrayed the generation of his children and led them in a wrong perspective. The writer came to the right perspective from God and that answer was sufficient for his doubt. He ends the 73rd Psalm with these words about God, “With thy counsel, you will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.. besides Thee, I have nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever….But as for me, the nearness of God is my good.”
Prayer time: “Lord Jesus, I believe what you said in the Bible that one day you will deliver me from my troubles and pains. I fully trust in your eternal truth. Lord, you are the strength of my heart and your nearness is what I cherish. Help me in my pains and troubles. However, I am closer to you Lord than ever before. Amen.”
If you never trusted in Christ as your savior, Please pray with me like this.
“God, I trust in your eternal truth. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and paid for it on the cross so that I can come to heaven and live with your forever. Please forgive my sins. I open my heart and invite you to come in. I trust in your hand and heart that you will make all things right for me. Thank you for saving me. Amen.