“For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”Psalm 73:3 ESV
One of the things I love the most about the Psalms is how the authors write so authentically. In todays reading of Psalm 73 we hear the authors lament over seeing the wicked prosper.
Who hasn’t felt the injustice of watching one’s enemy win?
“And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?””Psalm 73:11 ESV
This question of God is one that many of us have asked. How can God not know? Does He see what’s going on? How can He let this happen? And … for some reason it happens.
“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.”Psalm 73:16-17 ESV
But…God. It was when the author went before the Lord that He understood. Being with God…that changes us. It changes the way we see ourselves…the way we see others…the way we see the world. Spending time with God doesn’t change the wicked…it changes us! It changes our perspective.
The wicked will always be there this side of eternity. However, how we interact with the injustice of this world is influenced by our time spent with God.
Dear God, I can’t change the wicked. I don’t know why You don’t change them, but I trust You. In the face of injustice, please meet with me…change me…empower me and show me the next right steps towards justice. Amen.