We want to do good. We try to do good. We think about doing good. And then we fail. It can feel like we are all alone in our struggle. We wonder what is wrong with us. We don’t always understand our path. We know God is good but we, if we are honest, we are not always good. This can feel defeating. But we are not alone. We do not struggle alone. God understands where we are. He sees how we try. He knows our hearts, our inner desire to serve him. He gets how we struggle and he loves us anyway.
The Psalmist in today’s focus scripture is there. This is where he finds himself. He has nearly fallen, slipping along in life, trying to find a foothold. He knows what is right. Yet, he finds himself looking around. He sees how other people prospering. He is looking around and feels like those who do not follow God seem to be doing better. It can feel disheartening to look around. Comparison is an enemy. In the end, he comes back to the fact that the only place to be is near God. If you are near God, you do not need to worry about what is going on around you. God will take care of us. He will love us. He will watch over us. He is our refuge and strength when we find a place in him.
Maybe the key isn’t trying to do better or feeling like we always have to do it right. Maybe the key is location. Maybe we focus on getting closer to God and pulling from his strength. We cannot do it alone. But the closer we get to God, the more we have all we need – and become all we were created. Today, move closer to the only One who can provide a refuge and a strength.
Psalm 73:1-3; 28
1 Truly God is good to the upright,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
to tell of all your works.
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