Monday, January 16, 2012

Understood Their End!

 15If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
 16When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
 17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 
(Psalm 73:15-17, King James Version

Understood Their End

As we walk through Psalm 73, we find the psalmist bemoaning his lot in life, especially in view of the untroubled life of the wicked. While he seemed to have difficulties on all sides, the wicked seemed to live apparent lives of ease. Verse 17 of Psalm 73 totally changes the viewpoint of the psalmist.
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
What happened to change the psalmist's mind? It is so easy for us to do exactly the same thing; we are consumed with our own troubles and then take a cursory look at our enemies. Suddenly life seems to be too much to handle; it just seems so unfair! Why is our life so filled with troubles while the wicked seem to skate through life with nothing but pleasures?

However, when the psalmist took his eyes off himself and looked into the Word of God (came into the sanctuary of God), he understood their end. First, he realized that the apparent easy life of the wicked was just a mirage. Even if the wicked lived all of his days in great ease and suffered no evil, what kind of a future did he have? Where would he spend eternity?

It is important that, as Christians, we do not take ourselves too seriously. We are not to be consumed by the moment, but rather must always keep our eyes focused upon Christ. This world is the best that the wicked will have, but for the Christian, this life is but a fleeting moment. No matter what the discomforts may be, we will spend eternity in the glorious presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ does not call us to a life of comfort and ease, but He calls us to a life of service for Him. In that life of service we are often tried as gold is tried in a fire, and refined until we come forth shining. Even Christ, Himself, did not live a life of ease. What He asks of us is a small thing in comparison to what He suffered to bring us eternal life!

By the grace of God, let us take our eyes off the comforts and ease of this world, and look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. It is He who saves us and who keeps us until the day we walk into His presence forever! Just as the psalmist understood their end, so too should we look at this life through the eyes of faith granted to us by Christ, and pray for the wicked, that they might come to know Christ.

God Bless You,

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