My “Nevertheless!”

Ever felt this way? …

“It’s just not fair!  They’re as “pagan as pagan can be” and they get all the breaks!  Here I am, trying to do what is right – seeking to honor God – and they get richer and richer, everything seems to fall their way, and I struggle every day and “the harder I try to get ahead the ‘behinder’ I seem to get!”  It’s just not fair!!!

Listen to what the Psalmist said in Psalm 73, and see if you don’t relate…

“Truly God is good…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… Behold they are always at ease and they increase in riches.  All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence!

“But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end…  When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward You!”

And then the Psalmist’s resolve – His “NEVERTHELESS,” in the face of what seemed so unfair to him…

NEVERTHELESS, I am continually with You; You hold my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory!  Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You!  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!”  (From Psalm 73:23–26 ESV)

Listen, I don’t have all the answers to “why the wicked prosper!”  I’ll leave that (and their future) in the Lord’s hands… But I can tell you this… I want the Psalmist’s “NEVERTHELESS” to by my “NEVERTHELESS!

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