Evening Devotional, Monday, 10 June 2024

Evening Devotional, Monday, 10 June 2024

Week Night Devotionals: Reflections on Psalm 73

Night 1: Struggling with Envy

Text: Psalm 73:1-3

Devotional: “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

Psalm 73 begins with a declaration of God’s goodness to His people, yet the psalmist, Asaph, quickly confesses his struggle. Despite knowing God’s goodness, he admits to almost stumbling because of envy. Observing the prosperity of the wicked leads Asaph to a crisis of faith. This internal conflict is one many believers experience: seeing the apparent success of the ungodly while struggling to reconcile it with God’s justice.

Envy can be a powerful and destructive emotion. It skews our perspective, making us question God’s fairness and goodness. When we focus on the prosperity of others, especially those who seem to prosper without regard for God, we can become disheartened and bitter. Asaph’s honesty about his feelings is a reminder that God can handle our doubts and struggles. We are encouraged to bring our frustrations and questions to Him.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Have you ever felt envious of those who seem to prosper without honoring God? How did it affect your faith?
  2. What steps can you take to refocus on God’s goodness and His promises rather than the success of others?
  3. How can you cultivate a heart of gratitude and trust in God’s provision?

Prayer: Lord, we confess that we sometimes envy those who seem to prosper without You. Help us to trust in Your goodness and justice, even when we don’t understand. Turn our eyes away from others’ success and toward Your faithful provision and love. Amen.

Application: Take time tonight to list the ways God has been good to you. Reflect on His faithfulness and provision in your life. When feelings of envy arise, counter them with prayers of thanksgiving for what God has given you. Consider sharing your reflections with a friend or family member, encouraging each other to focus on God’s goodness.