Thursday: Psalm 73-75, Proverbs 11, 1 Kings 18:17-46 & Mark 15:1-41

From Kelsey Chambliss

”Surely God is good to Israel to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold,
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
- Psalm 73: 1-3

I can think of quite of few times in my life when I “nearly lost my foothold” and fell into the same mindset as the psalmist. Living a godly life is wonderful and brings freedom, but it’s difficult. It’s not easy to watch others around you commit sins that you’re also tempted to commit, and do so in a seemingly carefree way.

“This is what the wicked are like – always carefree, they increase in wealth.
Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure.” – Psalm 73:12-13

It’s easy to fall into that trap, and forget that our God is a God of justice.

“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.” – Proverbs 11:1

Thankfully, the responsibility of judging the earth isn’t on our plate. If it were, we’d cause chaos and disaster, because no matter how hard we try, our scales will always be skewed. And as humans, we’re quick to point fingers when we see wrong, while forgetting that we’re off balance is so many ways as well.

How wonderful that God is the supreme authority, and has perfect knowledge of what’s right and wrong. He has the power to carry out sentences in a perfectly just way. That burden may be taken off of our shoulders before we step in and cause harm trying to act as a judge ourselves.

But we must do our part as well. Our part involves falling before God each day and admitting our wrongdoings, remembering that we also have wicked in us. It involves trusting God enough to step back and patiently wait for Him to work in justice, instead of trying to take on that responsibility and control ourselves.

God, I take comfort in your authority today. I trust you to work in a way that’s more just and beautiful than I could ever imagine. You will change lives today. You will shake up the wicked and step in with your justice and righteousness, and you will bring humility. Thank you for handling the role of Judge…one that I could never handle. Give me the strength to let go of control and sit patiently as I wait for your miracles. Thank you for your goodness, and for making all things right. Thank you for rending the most broken hearts, and changing the unchangeable. Amen!

“1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:1-5