Perspective in divisive times

Psalm 73

There are times throughout my life where I’ve felt rage against “the system” or “evil empires” or just plain city hall. The injustices bother me, even to this day.

About the time I have this internal boiling point hit maximum level, Psalm 73 comes across my path. It is a constant reminder of God’s rule and reign and my need to trust him.

There are times throughout my life I’ve watched powerful people seem to “get away with it.” (Whatever the “it” was at that time.) There are times I’ve thrown up my hands and said with the Psalmist:

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.

The powerful are getting away with injustice… and they’re having FUN doing it… so what’s the point?

What’s the use of doing right or doing good?

Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.

Why not just join in? They’re getting away with it!

Then… I get reminders. Like the Psalmist would say:

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.

What I need is perspective. I do not get to control the timetable. What I know is that God does indeed with the unrighteous. He will set accounts straight, and even do so in this life.

I get anxious. I get angry. There is frustration and I cry out for justice. It doesn’t come on my timetable. It’s the Lord’s working, and my task is to fix my eyes on him.

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

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