Friday, June 3, 2011

Ever Wondered About This?

"The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.  Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble He gives favor. 
The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace."
Proverbs 3:33-35

Be honest with me.  Have you ever looked at a passage of Scripture like this and thought, "How can that be true?  I know some wicked people, some scorners, some fools who are flourishing like crazy.  They have nice homes, nice cars and toys, and besides all that, everyone envies them."  To be honest with you, so have I. It's just hard to understand that what God is telling us is true.

We are in good company!  The remainder of my thoughts today are surely written better by the inspired writer in Psalm 73:

1Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.
8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.
11 And they say, "How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.
15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
16But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.
18Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!

20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.
23Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

Remembering that this world is not our home,


Cranberry Morning

That reminds me of something a friend once told me:

For the unbeliever, this world is the best they will ever have; for the follower of Christ, this world is the worst they will ever have.

Heather's Blog-o-rama

What a great post and great Scriptures for today. You know I wonder the same thing sometimes, too. However, for me,I have to just let that go sometimes. I really try to just focus on God's promises for my life, knowing that what He has for me is better than what the world can give me :) :) Have a lovely weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :) :) :)

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