The Good Life?

“But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.  For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”  Psalm 73:2-3

Suggested Reading: Psalm 73

Do you ever feel that you are being beat down by this world because you walk the Christian walk?  It can be tough, as a Christian, to look around at the world around us and see people who are not living for Christ being blessed more than you, or so it may seem.  As Christians we struggle each day, striving to do what is right and putting the needs of others first.  Yet around us we see non-believers living the “good life”, buying expensive cars, electronics, clothes and putting themselves first.  From the outside looking in, their lives look so perfect.  We think that it is unfair for them to be prospering.  God should be sending good things our way and bad things their way.

The Psalmist in Psalm 73 is struggling with this just like we are.  Verses 1-15 discuss how he has suffered and wicked have prospered.  His mind is changed, however, when he asks God (verse 15) why this is.  God reveals to him that they are on a slippery slope towards ruin.  The honest truth is that if you’re not a Christian, saved by Christ’s blood, you better have all the fun you can on this earth because eternity will mean endless suffering.

There are no guarantees for a life free of suffering.  As Christians we can look forward to hear Christ say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”, welcoming us into heaven to live with Him.  That eternity will be a far better life than we can ever imagine.  Eternity is a lot longer than our fleeting years on earth.  Live for Him, not for the World, your reward will be far greater!

 Pray: God, please help me to not get discouraged when I struggle and see how easy life can be for those who don’t love you.  Remind me often of the mansion you have prepared for me with you in heaven.

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About Mac DeBoer

Mac DeBoer is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his family are members of South Blendon Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI. Mac is an active member and has served as a Consistory member, Youth Leader, Sunday School teacher and website administrator. He is a happily married father of three boys and enjoys bowhunting and other outdoor activities in Northern Michigan.
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