Evening Devotional, Thursday, 13 June 2024

Evening Devotional, Thursday, 13 June 2024

Week Night Devotionals: Reflections on Psalm 73

Night 4: The Foolishness of Forgetting God

Text: Psalm 73:18-22

Devotional: “Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.”

Asaph realizes the ultimate fate of the wicked. Though they may seem secure and prosperous, they are on slippery ground, destined for sudden ruin. Their end is swift and terrifying, contrasting sharply with their temporary ease. This realization brings Asaph to a place of humility, recognizing his own foolishness and ignorance in envying them.

Forgetting God and focusing on the prosperity of the

wicked leads to bitterness and confusion. Asaph admits that in his embittered state, he was like a brute beast, failing to understand God’s ways. This moment of humility is crucial. Acknowledging our own foolishness and turning back to God allows us to regain a proper perspective and trust in His justice and wisdom.

Asaph’s journey teaches us the importance of keeping our focus on God and His eternal truths rather than being consumed by the apparent success of those who disregard Him. It is easy to become embittered and confused when we forget God and His promises. However, when we turn our eyes back to Him, we find clarity, peace, and a renewed sense of purpose.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Have there been times when you felt bitter or confused about the prosperity of the wicked? How did you respond?
  2. How does acknowledging our own foolishness and turning back to God help us regain a proper perspective?
  3. What practical steps can you take to keep your focus on God and His eternal truths?

Prayer: Lord, we confess our foolishness in envying the wicked and forgetting Your eternal truths. Help us to keep our eyes on You and trust in Your justice and wisdom. Grant us humility and a renewed sense of purpose as we turn back to You. Amen.

Application: Spend time tonight reflecting on areas of your life where you may have forgotten God or envied the prosperity of the wicked. Confess these feelings to God and ask for His forgiveness and guidance. Commit to focusing on His eternal truths and promises. Consider writing down key Scriptures that remind you of God’s justice and faithfulness, and meditate on them regularly.