The Nagging Questions of the Heart
Where are the Promised Treasures?
It is an odd thing about life it appears to us like the wrong people get the treasures of the earth. When we read scripture, we might tend to believe we were fed a lie because it states that the righteous should get the treasures and the unrighteous cut off (Psalms 37:9). I’m not sure how many of you have asked God in prayer, “God why am I not getting what scripture appears to present” and, it may sound like “sour grapes” so, when you do ask, you are ashamed of yourself. Yet, I believe it is holy and just to ask that kind of a question because, when we ask the question, we challenge our conventional thinking and add substance to our faith (2nd Peter 1:4-5). We do not see all of the moving parts, so when bad things happen, or our plans fall apart, we get down on yourself (the lesson of Job). My encouragement for you today is, “do not be afraid to utter the deep concerns of your heart in prayer”. God does not get upset when we lay our concerns, pains, and/or frustrations before him as the case of King Hezekiah eludes to (2nd Kings 18:14-16). That said, we need to listen for his response and be obedient at all costs.
When I considered how to understand this (the success of the world in light of your word), It was too great an effort for me and too painful.
Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood [for I considered] their end.
Surely You set the wicked-minded and immoral on slippery places; You cast them down to destruction (Psalms 73:16-18).
As humans, all we can see is what is before us. Unfortunately, what lies before us is a contrast because we see your promises and yet see the alternate outcome (Isaiah 2 i.e.). The Psalmist speaks the words that every child of God has pondered or spoken at one time or another in their life. The easiest thing to do is accept canned answers like what Job was being given by his so-called friends. Without a doubt, the circumstances of our life will either lead us to walk away from you, remain stagnant or, grow deeper in you (Luke 8:4-21); I pray for the latter for all who read this. Help us today, Father, not to be afraid to express the deep questions of our heart; we may not like the answers but, we will have closure in our life and will be able to face whatever wall that stands in opposition to us.
In His Name