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Last week, we looked at Psalm 73, which discusses the struggle for believers in light of the prosperity of the wicked.

Verse 17 helps us understand that God gives grace even to unbelievers, but it also shows us what the last chapter of their lives will be.

“... till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” -Psalm 73:17

Yes, God gives grace to all His creation. But many think that God owes them and that they have gotten everything they have by being smarter, more gifted, or stronger. They are driven by selfish ambition, and they believe that they determine their own success and happiness.

How foolish! No wonder each of them is called a fool in the book of Proverbs. Scripture is clear. All the wickedness, unbelief, and pride of mankind will one day be crushed.

Verse 20 speaks of this part of their life as “a dream when one awakes ... .” They will awaken one day in the presence of a holy, righteous God who will be swift with judgment.

“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment ... .” -Hebrews 9:27

Yes, the wicked do laugh at God and enjoy the ease and comfort of life. Yes, the righteous do suffer injustice and sorrow of heart. But at a particular moment in time, Jesus will speak the words the righteous long to hear: “‘Well done, good and faithful servant! ... Come and share your master’s happiness (Matthew 25:23)!’”

In verses 23-26, the believer shows that he understands God’s perspective and tells us that he is completely content with Jesus alone. I pray that, in our journey with our Lord Jesus, each of us will be able to say with the psalmist these words:

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” -Psalm 73:25

Brothers and sisters, falling back in love with Jesus Christ is the need of the hour. I know the Holy Spirit stirs in our hearts when Jesus is our chief treasure.

Yes, the wicked prosper for a moment, but the righteous rejoice for all eternity.


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