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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

GOD, OUR FOCAL POINT

Psalm 73:25-26 New Living Translation
“Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”
     The writer of this Psalm observed what took place in the world and struggled with the prosperity of the wicked. Why would those who do evil in the sight of the Lord prosper? Worldly people will never realize that fixing their eyes on the temporal will never bring them satisfaction and that is essentially the conclusion the author comes to. It’s not too much different than Solomon’s conclusion in Ecclesiastes. He had tasted and seen that all was “vanity, a chasing after the wind.” In the end, (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Solomon says, “That is the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”
       The author of Psalm 73 reveals his reliance and unwavering trust in the Lord and this is healthy outlook; one that believers today should adopt. No matter what happens to us in our life we must always look to the Lord as our sole provider and comforter, for he is the only one who never fails to provide and comfort. His love for us is without condition and never ending.
        At the end of the day, though our thoughts and moods change like shifting sand, God remains the same. He is the one truth that all else should be measured by. If your heart is divided between God and anything else, then you are making a tragic mistake. God alone should be our all in all. As we enter into the Lenten season, focus on the Lord and not anything else and strive all the more to be like Christ in all your thoughts, words and actions. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.

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