Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Devotional: Until I Went Into the Sanctuary of God

Until I Went Into the Sanctuary of God

By Marsha Iddings

Psalm 73:17  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

As I watch the political scene of our nation and see the things that are happening, I find I can identify with the writer of Psalm 73.  I don't look at the news all that much because it is so upsetting to me, but what I do see is enough.  There is a minority of people in leadership in our nation who are not Americans in their hearts and they are set to destroy this great nation from the inside out. 

Read what Asaph says in this Psalm.  It's exactly how I feel.

      But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped…For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

      Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

      When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

One can easily slip into despair when he/she sees the direction that our nation is headed. We need to keep perspective as Asaph does here:

      Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

      Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

      How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

There is a judgment day coming for them. God is still on the throne and He is still in control.  We may still have to go through trials and refining as Christians as a result of those who are intent on destroying our nation from the inside out.  But in the end, they will get their just reward and God will reward His own for being faithful to Him in spite of what the wicked do to make life difficult.

Hudson Taylor said, "Satan, the Hinderer, may build a barrier about us, but he can never roof us in, so we cannot look up."

Despair looks around.  Faith looks up.  Look up today and see God.  He is in control and He will have the last say.

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