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June 30, 1993

Why Bother? (Part Two)

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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. PSALM 73:25-26
When Asaph asked, “Why bother?” he found his answer when he entered the sanctuary of God. There he finally understood the final destiny of the wicked. “Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin,” he cried. “How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies” (Psalm 73:18-20).
This realization may have provided him some comfort, but it wasn’t until Asaph reflected further on his own relationship with the Almighty that he was able to accept the apparent inequities he was witnessing. “I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand,” he said. “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” (vv. 23-25).
Asaph realized that all the triumphs and pleasures the world had to offer paled in comparison to the joy of being in the presence of God. Compared to the wicked, his bank account wasn’t as big, he had larger medical bills, and he didn’t wield as much influence. And yet, he realized that none of that mattered because in God, he had everything he needed.
Are you having trouble keeping your eyes fixed on Christ when everyone around you seems to be taking no thought of Him? Don’t forget their ultimate destiny: “Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you” (v. 27). And when you’re tempted to ask, “Why bother?” be ready with Asaph’s answer: “[A]s for me, it is good to be near God” (v. 28).

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