In our economy, we have come to believe that good should be rewarded, and bad should be punished. Even in some Christian circles, it’s believed that obedience should result in material blessings and disobedience should result in suffering. Sounds logical.
Even David struggled with his own sense of fair-play. When David looked at the success of people who had rejected God, he went as far as to say:
Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. (vs 13)
The old pity party raises its ugly head. Been there. Done that.
But David comes to his senses and said something that made me not only laugh out loud, it got me thinking. Look at what he says in verses 21-22:
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Yes, God, when I find myself jealous of the prosperity of people who don’t give you a thought, I’m being ridiculous. I’m as dumb as an ox, as silly as a goose.
The truth is, those people who reject God, yet seem to have it all, are on a slippery slope, heading for destruction, and they don’t even know it. What looks like success and happiness is, at best, temporary. And probably, most likely, it is a smoke screen for what is going on within. Money, and things, are not what we were created for.
On the other hand, I have God Himself! It is God who holds me, gives me direction, and blesses me in ways the world cannot understand. And I am heading toward eternity with God in a place too wonderful for words.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And being with you, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (vv 25-26)