Gems 2015 — July 13 Scripture Selection: Psalm 73-74

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

July 13 Scripture Selection: Psalm 73-74

Food for Thought: Ps. 73:1-17, 24-26

Asaph brought up a question that is often heard even today. Why is it that the ungodly have it so well? Inwardly, some even wonder if this “faith stuff” is really worth it. They envy the ungodly’s lifestyle and don’t see any consequences for their scoffing and pride.

It’s true that sometimes the rich unbelievers seem to have it all, prospering more and more, strong, “not in trouble as other men,” and appearing to have not a care in the world (vs. 5, 12). They have everything they could ever want, and they even speak against God—and seem to get away with it. How can this be?!

Well, first of all, their seemingly perfect life is never as perfect as it appears. Their relationships are superficial and materialistic, and they most likely bear scars for it. What they have never really satisfies, and besides, all their riches can vanish in a day. Their house is built on shifting sand (Mat. 7:24-27). Even if they do not experience hardship of any kind in this life, they certainly will in the eternal one when they are faced with the question, “What did you do with the life and salvation that Jesus offered you?” In discussing this, Jesus asks in Matthew 16:26, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Their destiny is not do be envied at all.

The best response to this question can really be found just where Asaph found it: in God’s presence (vs. 17). That is where all real truth is revealed and you can really appreciate all you have because of your relationship with Him. What He gives, the world cannot give and can never take it away. The ungodly may enjoy a brief lifetime of pleasure, but those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will enjoy an eternity with Him in all His glory, in addition to the precious time with Him even now. Asaph realized in verses 24-26 that he really had it much better than the ungodly. He wrote, “You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 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.” Nothing the ungodly have could ever compare to that.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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