Psalm 73:1 Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they have no pain; their bodies are sound and sleek. 5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not plagued like other people.
What do you do when you want to trust in God’s goodness, but reality doesn’t seem to cooperate? I believe this is the psalmist’s dilemma in our passage. And, frankly, this is our dilemma at times today. We believe in the Lord. We trust in the Lord. We hope in the Lord. Yet, our situation doesn’t look good. We struggle. We suffer. And those far from God? They appear to prosper. Doesn’t seem right.
I was having thoughts of this kind recently and praying about it – and I believe the Lord showed me something you may find helpful. It helped me. The Lord reminded me how short our human lives are. Compared to eternity, even 100 years is but a “moment” in time. And while it’s true there are “moments” of hardship for God’s children, and “moments” of prosperity for those who reject God, things work themselves out in time. Once the “moment” is passed, we are restored to intimacy, joy, love, peace, and abiding with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit forever.
Let this truth minister to you today sister/brother. Our struggle lasts but….a moment. God’s goodness lasts forever.
Lord, give us grace to see truth the way you see it. We ask for faith in trying times… in Jesus’ name. Amen.