Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Discovering The Goodness Of God

If God is good, why do the godly suffer pain and sorrow and grief? If God is fair, why do the faithful fail? If God cares, why does He allow Christians to be persecuted? If God is powerful, why are innocent people harassed, beaten, and murdered?

And why are the ungodly prosperous? Why are the ungodly happy? Why are the ungodly recipients of any good thing? After all, they are ungodly!

The writer of Psalm 73 had a problem with bad people living godless lives and receiving earthly rewards. He was a bit angry when he saw their lavish lifestyles. They appeared to have everything their hearts desired, lived lives of ease and were healthy. Their riches multiplied even though they scoffed at God and threatened His children. What’s up?

So the writer of the Psalm became frustrated. He avoided evil and when he sinned, he immediately confessed and asked God to forgive him. He read God’s Word, engaged in prayer and tried to live a godly life. But all he got from God was trouble -  all day, every day! Finally he asked God, “Am I wasting my time? Why should I bother to be godly?”

Fortunately, he went to the right place for his answer. “Finally,” he concluded when he went to the sanctuary to worship, “I understood their end!” Wrongs in this life will be corrected in the next! Remember: Dives lived in pleasure and Lazarus in pain. But there came a day when things were reversed: Dives was tormented by flames, and Lazarus went to live lavishly in his Father’s Kingdom.

The ungodly leave their treasures at death but the godly only begin to enjoy their rewards with their Father - forever.

Prayer:  Give us a strong faith, Father, to look beyond what is to what will be when we are at last with You. May we focus on what matters most – YOU! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Look at these wicked people - enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. Psalm 73:12 

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