Juxtaposition: the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
Read Psalm 73 with close attention to verse 16-17 When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
It’s July 1st so we are about halfway between New Years and Christmas. A good time for re-evaluation. How are those New Years resolutions shaping up? How well is your biography aligning with your theology? If things aren’t quite what we expected, is it something within our control or out?
2 Chronicles 28:22-23 In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the LORD. He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” But they were his downfall and the downfall of Israel.
When we believe God is good yet our life is not… what do we do? Do we ask “Why?”, “How?” or do we go to “Who”. King Ahaz went to the dark side because they seemed to be prospering.
Hosea 7:13-14 says, I long to redeem them…. They do not cry out to Me from their hearts. Jesus longs for you to cry out to Him when you do not understand. Let Him lead you to the cross where He died to bring you all the way through this life into His Kingdom for eternity.
The Psalmist of chapter 73 was confused too, until he went to God… verse 21-26 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
It’s not too late to cry out to Him from your heart and let Him hold you at the foot of the cross. The place He overcame all of death, for you to truly live.
Independent read: John 16:33