April 17, 2019
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Confidence in God’s Solution
The narratives describing the lives of Joseph and David seem parallel because both were righteous and went through a season of suffering. It is easy for us to read these accounts of their lives and assume it was easier for them to persevere because it all turned out in the end – Joseph became second in command in Egypt, and David became the second king in Israel. However, in the progression of the conflict, it would have been more natural to question and resent God for blessing the wicked.
David, now an older man reflecting on his life, taught the lessons learned through his earlier experiences even as Asaph sought to discover in Psalm 73. In a fashion similar to Proverbs, he passed on his wisdom concerning the questions of God’s providence, the punishment of the wicked, and the eventual profit for the righteous. Yes, though he experienced multiple faith challenges, he nevertheless enjoyed God’s solution as he gained God’s perspective.
In times of questions and doubts regarding God’s character, it is important to face them honestly and go directly to the Scriptures for a readjustment in thinking. Every aspect of this Psalm demands faith in God’s character and action. As Joshua 21:45 revealed, “Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”