Considering the numerous challenges plaguing mankind in this age, ranging from natural disasters to unemployment, wars, diseases, unpaid/delayed wages and man's inhumanity to fellow man, etc, many people are getting the more frustrated. Among believers, the hearts of many people are failing them for fear while some have become indifferent to the service of God.Satan is the one responsible for man's woes. It is faith in God's word, that stabilizes us in the midst of the “light afflictions”, which satan is using to trouble us. All who put their trust in JEHOVAH and maintain it will enjoy His perfect peace by His grace. Like the Prophet Job, whatever may be the setbacks in our lives, the latter end would turn out right by the grace of God. (Job 42:10,12) In the long run, God's children would realize, and appreciate this age-long assertion that it is not vain to serve God.
Text:“But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.” – Psalm 73:2,3,5.
Sometimes, it is difficult not to notice (and perhaps, admire) the prosperity, ease and glamour of individuals who have no space for God in their affairs. Not only do some of them live long, they have the best this life has to offer. But, “They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.” – Psalm 73:8,9,6.
Where a man is not guided by the spirit of God, he may at times wonder if God ever takes account of his sincere efforts in trying to keep himself pure before God. David, in stating his experience said, “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me.” – Psalm 73:16.
It was when he went into the sanctuary to enquire from God that he eventually understood the end that awaits the ungodly. From his finding, he realized that destruction awaits all those who alienate themselves from the living God. He stated: “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.” – Psalm 73:18.
The Lord will never desert those who serve Him in truth and who place their trust in Him. King David in one of his famous psalms declared: “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him…” – Psalm 34:8,22.