John 10:1-21; 2 Chronicles 8; Psalm 73
In Psalm 73 the psalmist deals with a common concern among Israelites: the wicked prosper and the righteous seem to get nowhere. Following God is seen as worthless – until the psalmist gets closer to God and realizes God’s justice. Priorities change when people get close to God. As we travel through the Psalm we see the change of heart from the psalmist as he speaks to God: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26) I think it’s safe to say that most of us get discouraged in our walk with God at one time or another. We see the wicked prosper – seemingly without consequences. We see those who are faithful to Christ persecuted in other lands. We see Christian being forced to work in ways that are an affront to their beliefs. We see good being called evil and evil being called good. With all that, how do we have hope? We have hope because God is the strength of our hearts. We have hope because ultimately God is a God of Justice. Even more so, we have hope because we also recognize that God is a God of Mercy. We look out at others and want justice while we look at our own lives and want mercy; yet God offers mercy to all. The key is to get closer to God each and every day. For the psalmist, that meant going to the sanctuary of God. For us, that means spending time with Him each day, reading His word. That means staying in constant communication with Him through prayer. If God is the “strength of [our] heart[s] and our portion forever,” why should we worry when others are blessed differently? We can want nothing greater than that.
Oh Lord, let me live each day with You being the strength of my heart. Let me not look at others with envy. Let me seek You in all that I do. You have given me mercy and the chance to have a relationship with You. What more could I want?