Improving Your Outlook
It is often easy to identify with the psalmists. They were human, experiencing the trials of sin and suffering in life, enduring failure and pain, and turning to God for answers. Can you relate to that?
In Psalm 73 we see that the psalmist fell into the danger of comparing himself to others. He succumbed to envy and self-pity. He began to doubt his godly lifestyle.
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. . . . This is what the wicked are like -- always free of care, they go on amassing wealth. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. (Psalm 73:3- 4, 12-14)
Have you ever felt this way?
But as the psalmist began to see his circumstances from the eternal viewpoint of God, his outlook improved.
When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. . . . Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. (Psalm 73:16-17, 27- 28)
The psalmist may have been struggling with his circumstances in life, but by turning to God and seeking His Truth, he was reminded of the everlasting promises of peace and joy in the Lord. Let God's promises draw you out of misery and usher you into thanksgiving and joy as you rest in Him and trust in His ways.
Prayer: God, when I find myself struggling with comparing myself to others, help me to follow the example of the psalmist, looking at my circumstances from an eternal perspective. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).
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