This is a question I've asked myself and God more times than I'm proud to admit, and maybe you have too. Often times we get to a place in our lives where everyone around us seems to be prospering even though they may not be behaving with much integrity. Meanwhile you're doing everything "right" with little to no results and wondering what you're even doing it for. We listened to our parents, obeyed the teacher, followed the rules, and remained faithful, but what's the point if God is only blessing the trap ni**as anyway?
This is a real and frustrating place to be, but can I encourage you that there is reward on the other side of your faithfulness, on the other side of your discipline, on the other side of your integrity. It may be difficult to see especially in our day and age of social media where everyone's highs are splattered up and down your newsfeed only to remind you of your consistent lows. It makes you wonder, "what am I doing wrong?" "How are they winning and I'm not?" Maybe you're worn out from quotes like: "slow progress is better than no progress" - OR - "anything worth having takes time". Maybe you're just about ready to do that shady thing to get ahead, or join in the with that less than decent group; hopefully you're reading this post just in time.
*That's Tweetable* There is reward on the other side of your faithfulness, on the other side of your discipline, on the other side of your integrity.
Psalm 73 comes from the perspective of an individual (Asaph) who like many of us is close to becoming discouraged. He talks about the prosperity of the unrighteous, and their advancement despite their negligence to do what is right. He asks the age old question: why do the wicked prosper? He goes on a rant for a few verses until he finally gets to the above referenced verse where he reflects on all he has done and wonders if he had done all the right things for nothing? Is it all in vain? I've been in this place, and I'm honest enough to admit that I still visit every now and then. But in my growth I've learned to change my perspective and move beyond here.
Later on in verses 17-19, after spending some time in God's presence, Asaph remembers that 1.) God is sovereign, and 2.) That God is not dumb or blind; He will address the deeds of all people. Asaph realized that those individuals, despite how well they appeared to be doing, also had an end. Its important for us to realize that even when people seem to be prospering, everything that glitters IS NOT gold. Soon their feet will slip, they will become desolate, and be swept away by terror (v.19). So why should we be envious of them? Another thing that helps me when these moments occur is prayer. I pray for those individuals who appear to be doing so well; I pray for a clean heart that extends grace, a change in perspective that sees God's view, and for guidance to refocus on myself.
Today I'm encouraging you to choose this perspective and to keep in mind that just because they seem to be "winning" if they aren't doing right, its only a matter of time before things go wrong. Continue to do what is right, continue to be faithful because God rewards righteousness (Ps 58:11).