Almost Over the Edge
“But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
“My steps had nearly slipped.
“For I was envious of the boastful,
“When I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:2-3).
In a period of self-reflection, the writer, Asaph, has just declared his conviction that he realizes God is good. Before that realization, he went through a period of doubt, almost giving up his faith.
The reason for his doubting was his observation that the wicked prospered, causing him to question God’s goodness and righteousness for allowing that to happen. He was as one on the edge of a cliff, almost falling over.
How many have been right there with Asaph, allowing some hurt or disappointment in life to cause doubts to arise and thinking that if God really cared He would bless the righteous and punish the wicked?
To think in such a way not only shows a materialistic way of thinking but a serious doubt of God—it shows a lack of trust in Him to allow situations to work out in a way that will be the best spiritually in the long run.
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