Have you ever envied the wicked?

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Morning family, this morning’s devotion is a little long. Have you ever envied the wicked? Does it seem like they are always winning? You ask God,” why?” Why God? We all have you know why? Because we are all human that is why.

In Psalm 73, A psalm of Asaph. Here was a person who felt just what you and I feel at times.  You will notice how Asaph speaks from the heart and at the end knows that being with God is worth it.

Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped.
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles.
    their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens.
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace.
    they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity [
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff and speak with malice.
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes.
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant.
    I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you.
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish.
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge.
I will tell of all your deeds.

 

 

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Amber says:

    Amen! This is a needed and beautiful reminder to me this morning. May God bless you and may you continue to rely on the Lord!

  2. desirayl says:

    Morning Amber. Thank you for your honesty. This was me a couple of weeks ago at work. In short of everything. My husband saw how worked up and angry I was. And he said I want you to read this passage. The moment I read the first two lines I knew it was for me. And that God had a word to encourage me. By the time I was done reading it, my whole countenance had change. My joy was restored back to me. I saw everything in a new perspective.
    I will always remember to keep reading this chapter anytime I feel that way again. God is so good to His children. He always has a word for everything. Have a bless day today my sister. God be with you. He has you in His hands.
    🙏

  3. Amber says:

    Wow! I’m glad God used your husband to help encourage you and point you back to truth. I appreciate you sharing this chapter.

  4. desirayl says:

    Thank you, Amber. God is always on time. That was a much-needed word for me.

  5. Thank you for sharing such gentle reminder

  6. desirayl says:

    Your welcome sis. Blessings 🙌 to you.

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