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  • Joe Norton

Observations Can Mislead (9/20/2020)

“Truly God is good to Israel,

To such as are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;

My steps had nearly slipped

For I was envious of the boastful,

When I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:1-3).

Having over-analyzed the importance of the prosperity of the wicked, the psalmist gives his saving conclusion before he identifies the source of his temptation. His conclusion is that God is truly good to Israel and even to all who are pure in heart.

He further concludes that, regardless of the apparent blessings on those not faithful, he shouldn’t have doubted God, thus allowing his faith to be weakened to the point that he almost forsook Him.

Making the right decisions and doing the right thing are never bad—and envy is never good. How easy it can be to observe good things happening to bad people and allow our observations to take us down a pathway to despair and destruction. God has been wonderful to us, providing us with all we need spiritually. That’s all that really matters.


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