Daily Devotional: Psalms 73:23-28
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
2 Tim 4:16-18
16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There is so much in this life that does not make sense to us. We seek to serve the Lord and we feel we are trusting him with our lives and then some tragedy hits us and our life tumbles in all over and around us. We lose our job or have a terrible accident. Our child dies or we hear that terrible cancer word for us or one we love. Our dearest friend turns against us or we find that someone we trusted with our deepest emotions has betrayed us. Where is God in all of this?
The Psalmist knew that God was in control and in his time would make all things right. The wicked will be punished and the righteous rewarded. We think of Job and how he must have felt when he learned he had lost his wealth. All he had worked for was gone. But before he could let that sink in, he was told that all ten of his children had been killed in a terrible storm. Where was God in this?
As he tried to put his life back together and make some sense to it all, he got sick and broke out in boils all over his body. He could not sit, stand or lie down to escape the horrible pain. His wife told him to curse God and die. He said the Lord gave it to me and the Lord has taken it away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Lord God, creator and giver of life, I am so thankful to you for all I have and all I enjoy in this life. Thank you for the many times you have delivered me from trials and hardships. While I don’t always understand why things happen as they do, I know you are Sovereign God and you do not answer to anyone, but I also know you are love and will only do what is best for me. Increase my faith and strength so I will always be growing to be like you. Help me use all I have to your glory as I seek to serve others around me. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior.