Good morning ☀️
This devotion is a tad longer today, but I promise, it’s worth your time, so hang with me 🥰
Does God ever speak straight to your heart? He does mine — and he did this morning.
I’ve been struggling. Searching. Looking to find answers.
As a Christian, do you ever feel as if you do all the things God has called you to do, but you still never get ahead? BUT ☝🏻 you see all the people of this world, who don’t serve God, prosper? I don’t understand it sometimes.
I was just asking God this question last night before church, trying to figure out life all on my own, asking him why others are getting blessed and why I am over here struggling - when this morning I ran across Psalm 73.
Apparently I’ve studied this Psalm before because I had made a note in the side of my Bible that said Asaph had written this particular Psalm. Asaph was a gifted singer, poet, worship leader in King David’s era. He, too, struggled to understand why those who didn’t serve God were being blessed. His conclusion is Psalm 73.
“Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”
Psalm 73:1-28 NLT
𝐖𝐨𝐰. 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬. God knew. He knew I needed those very words. They pierced my heart. They marked me. “𝑾𝒉𝒐𝒎 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝑰 𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖? 𝑰 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉?” My eyes have been set on 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐲 blessings, I’m missing the big picture here. My treasures are not here on this earth. “𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒆, 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝑮𝒐𝒅” Hearing these words this morning made me feel as if I was being held in the very arms of Jesus.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐰𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝. It’s living and active. He helps us in our time of need. In our struggles, our daily challenges, or just when we feel like life has knocked us down.
𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐈 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐝. I feel just a little bit stronger. All because of Him and His Word that is life to me.
I hope this speaks to your very heart today. I’m pouring mine out to yours 💗
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞: 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 73:25
𝐖𝐡𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐈 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮? 𝐈 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡. 𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 73:25 𝐍𝐋𝐓
𝑳𝒆𝒕 𝒖𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒅𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅, 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒑 𝒂 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒇 𝒘𝒆 𝒅𝒐 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒖𝒑.
𝑮𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒔 6:9 𝑵𝑰𝑽