Regain Your Footing

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But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.

Psalm 73:2


Have you ever found yourself gazing at the fortunate lives of those who reject God? They seem to have it all together without the same trials and tribulations most of us deal with on a regular basis. Their marriages seem happy, their bank accounts seem full, and their children seem to be the most popular and successful at school. If we aren’t careful, we can begin to get frustrated with our own lives of living faithfully to God.

Yet the psalmist in Psalm 73 struggled with the same idea. He watched as those around him were “always at ease, they increase in riches” and that it’s “all in vain have I kept my heart clean.” Eventually, the psalmist came to an understanding of their end: To live without God on this earth is to live eternally separated from Him as well.

Our culture glamorizes the wicked and idolizes those who stand in opposition to the truth. If we are careful, we begin to fall into the trap of envying those who “seem” successful. However, the truth is, as Jesus said in Mark 10:25, that “it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.

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While the lives of those without God may have the appearance of success, it’s a tragic and horrible life to waste away living for themselves. As believers, we must resist the urge to see people only from the outside and to see their spiritual poverty. When we really see them as they are, we pity them and are compelled to share the Gospel with those God places in our paths.

Prayer

Dear Lord, forgive me for the times my feet almost slipped in envying the wicked. Help me to see people the way you see them: loved and needing Jesus as their Lord. Amen.

In His Service,

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