One need only to pick up a newspaper, turn on the television, or leave the house to see the wicked prosper. What a temptation it is to covet what they have, wanting to be like them, rejecting what we know for what we see. How easy it is for us to forget all that God has done for us, what He does every day and what He has promised He will do. We trample on what He has given us, what He has promised us, under our feet as if it were of no account, of no value.
All around us we see evil winning the day. We see injustice going unpunished. We question our allegiance to God, who is seemingly impotent, asleep at the wheel, or even unjust. How difficult it is for us to remain faithful when what we see with our eyes is at odds with what we know in our hearts. We forget that God is sovereign, that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, that one day we will ALL stand before Him and give an account.
When we are perplexed by what we see, when we lose heart, when we doubt God, let’s join with the psalmist and remind ourselves of these truths:
- God is holy. His ways are holy. Always. There is no evil in Him. It is impossible for Him to be anything other than perfect. Amen.
- There is no greater treasure than to know Him, to love Him, to obey Him, to follow Him.
- The pleasures of this world are as dung when compared to the very least of the manifold gifts we have in Jesus.
- God is absolutely sovereign, the ONLY sovereign. No one can stay His hand, thwart His plan or frustrate His purpose. That which He has willed will surely be.
- The wicked will come to a horrible end, which is only the beginning of an eternity of unimaginable suffering and despair.
- Not one word of the Lord, not one promise, can or will fail. And He has promised great things to those who willingly surrender, to those who believe Him.
- We have an inheritance that is imperishable, incomparable, and unimaginable.
Rejoice in the Lord, always. Again I say, rejoice.