Do you notice, it seems like people are doing so much wrong, creating and supporting evil in the earth, yet they seem successful while following God either not much or not at all? Do you ever find yourself wondering how these people, who embrace the ‘world’ wholeheartedly, enjoy its mindset? Do you ever get discouraged, wondering ‘what’s the point’? I mean, do yo ever just get tired of trying to follow God in the midst of people who aren’t? Are you ever tempted to relent and embrace the world a bit more too?
A man named Asaph, psalmist in the time of David and Solomon, was tempted to relent. He was surrounded by faithless men who seemed ‘always at ease’ with the way they were, continually increasing in stature and riches (Ps 73:12). Asaph envied them and his ‘heart was embittered’ (Ps 73:21). “All in Vain”, he cried, “have I kept my heart clean…” (Ps 73:13. We may not admit it as boldly as Asaph, but many of us harbor similar thoughts!
When we face that choice, though, to embrace God or embrace the world, we must remember – we’re part of something much larger, much more important than worldly ways! It’s much more than just what’s going on around us. We’ve been invited into an ancient and remarkable battle. For ‘we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one’ (1 John 5:19). We’re agents of the resistance, behind enemy lines. We cannot allow ourselves, therefore, to be beguiled by our enemy or the world under his power!
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret – it only causes harm! For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, THEY shall inherit the earth (Ps 37:7-9)!