I have the privilege of being on staff at the church that my family has been a part of for nearly 30 years. It’s been a busy season for our church staff, with the announcement of the launch of a new campus and the start of a campaign to fund that campus, so we’ve been working hard.
In lieu of our monthly staff meeting, our lead pastor had us take some time for personal prayer and time with the Lord. Something – it had to be the Holy Spirit – led me to Psalm 73.
In this psalm, the author laments how the wicked seem to prosper. Here are a couple of examples:
They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. (verses 5-6)
They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. (verses 8-9)
But all is not in despair, as the psalmist turns his eyes toward the Lord.
But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end… Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (verses 16-17, 23-26)
We live in an era where it seems as though more people are hostile to faith than those who practice it. The wicked seem to take power – especially in certain corners of the political and cultural landscape – and believers seems to be marginalized more and more often.
But the truth is encouraging: God has our backs, and in the end He and those who follow Him will prevail. Even in hard times for our nation and culture, believers have nothing to fear or be worried about.
My prayer is that you can take encouragement from that truth today and every day.