Main Passage: Psalm 73
Secondary Passage: Psalm 37:3-4
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 73:25-26NKJV
How frustrating when we live as God has told us in the Bible and do everything right someone else who lies and cheats at work, gets the promotion and a raise. prosperity resulting from dishonest dealings seem to be the way to go in life. A friend of mine mentored a young intern for the contracted time required for her young prodigy by a university. One day, I watched as my friend was escorted out of work with tears in her eyes and her belongings in a box from her desk. No, my friend didn't do anything wrong. She took care of the employees under her leadership, went way beyond the call of duty for customers, and kept her company's policies and image as a high standard. She also loves God. The student she mentored during the internship seemed to have struck an underhanded deal with upper management to take over my friend's position in the company! It might look like lying, cheating, and undermining others is the way to get ahead these days.When it appears that living like evildoers who are prosperous in all they do goes unpunished by God, we may be tempted to live like them. God shows us in His Word that relentless faith is vital to the life of Christians. Image from Pixabay.com.
In Psalm 73, the psalmist is dismayed as he watches unscrupulous, godless people have the easy life while he was oppressed by them. It seemed like a futile endeavor to him to continue following God's commands. He considered living like the very people who walked all over him! Even though they had riches and prestige, they were also very arrogant. They were prominent and often quoted in the known world. He almost fell for the illusion of blessing. When He considered what he heard as he left the temple reading of God's Word, he realized what their future held in comparison to his.Their practices would one day be like a really bad dream. Rewards on this earth are temporary. They are not always what they appear. God's rewards for his faithful children are eternal, far more precious than anything dishonest money could ever buy.
Relentless faith is rewarded by God when we continue to live the way He wants us to live. He gives us the desires of our hearts when our desires are out of a pure, faith-filled heart.The deeds of mean, dishonest people are noticed by pretty almost everyone.Your deeds are also seen by some, but most importantly, our great God. When you are tempted to give up, remember as the psalmist did the truth of what peril lies ahead for those who live like the ungodly. Stay firm as you live out your faith. You will grow in a greater, deeper relationship with the Creator of All during these struggles.What we want in light of the greatness of God pales in comparison as we realize we have everything we need. He rewards us in so many ways, but the most important reward is time with Him, now and in eternity. Image by Ben White, Unsplash.com.
Lord, when we are tempted to slip into dishonest, cruel behaviors for selfish pursuits, remind us of the truth of Your love for us and the future of those who totally disregard You.Thank you, Lord, You alone are all we need. We praise you out of gratitude that you shower us with abundant blessings! Amen.