I hadn’t even seen the accident!
For reading & meditation: Job 9:21-35
“When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges ‘” (v.24)
The more the psalmist contemplates the condition of the ungodly, the more his perplexity increases. The next verses show him to be upset over the fact that people treat the ungodly with such admiration: “Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, ‘How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?’ This is what the wicked are like – always carefree, they increase in wealth” (Psa. 73:10-12). He observes that because they are so well-admired and well-treated such people say: “Look at how good life is to us! If there is a God, then He doesn’t appear to have much interest in the way we live.” A Christian tells of a work colleague, a successful man of the world, who said to him one day: “On my way to work this morning a man stopped me and said ‘Are you a Jehovah’s Witness?’ Why would he ask me that? Why, I hadn’t even seen the accident!” The man was quite unaware of who Jehovah was and the question had him completely puzzled. This is what troubles the psalmist in this section of Psalm 73 – he sees people living with no concern for God, yet everything seems to be going so well for them. One can feel his indignation burning through the words he writes. Do you feel indignant about this, or a similar problem? It’s not surprising if you do. Be careful, though, that you dont allow it to become your focus of concentration, for it is a law of the personality that you become like the thing you dwell upon.
O Father, if it is true that I become like the thing I focus upon, then help my focus of life not to be indignation at the prosperity of the ungodly but gratitude for the fact that I am an heir to eternity. Amen.
For further study:
1. What did Moses declare?
2. What did prosperity do to Jeshurun?