August 4, 2021

Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (Psalm 73:1-3)

As I began reading (Psalm 73) this morning (vs. 1-3), it brought back memories of how temptations overtook me before having a solid relationship with Christ. My temptation was doubting God’s goodness as I envied the lives of those that seemed to have it so good. It seemed (to me anyway) that those who rejected God and were consumed by the world’s desires frequently appeared to have more success than me, who followed God. I remember watching them enjoying possessions I dreamed of having and practices I knew were wrong but appeared to be pleasurable to them.

Satan knows our hearts and our desires, and he places within the crevice of our contemplation the thought, “That looks like fun, I am missing out on life because I do not have that.” Do not believe that lie! Yes, the wicked may seem at times to prosper while the redeemed suffer, but that is not the whole story.

My Grandma suffered from Dementia before passing away at the age of ninety-three. Grandma was a very godly woman; she was the one who introduced Jesus to me as a young boy. I often thought as Grandma got up in her years, “Why is Dementia happening to her? Others who have not served Jesus as Grandma did seem to be doing great. They are enjoying their families and loving life, yet my Grandma suffers from Dementia.”

Friends, the fact is, God is good to us. The author of (Psalm 73) was contemplating this dilemma as he penned this psalm; he knew the goodness of God toward Israel. The word “good” in (v.1) encompasses all the Blessings God had given to Israel. As Christians, we are Blessed with the same grace of redemption as the Israelites. The wicked, who at times seem to prosper on earth, will one day experience the horrors of Hell. We have it great, Friends. Remember, we belong to the one true God and have an inheritance reserved for us. May we not be consumed by the smoke screens of Satan. We need to count our blessings daily! Would you pray with me?

Father, You restore my soul and are so merciful to me. Grant me the strength to stand my ground and not let Satan steal what has already been provided for me. I will not settle for less. I declare that with my enthusiasm and passion for You, I will operate in faith and not by sight. Lord, help me fully understand what has not yet been manifested and show me how to receive. I pray, in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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