Tuesday 23rd February

– by Phil Alston

“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant – I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” – Psalm 73:21-26

Do you ever feel anger and frustration in your circumstances? Do you ever find yourself saying “Life just isn’t fair”, maybe you get mad at God. In today’s reading we see Asaph, one of the temple musicians appointed by King David, turning back to God following a time when he had questioned God’s love and wisdom and faithfulness to His people.

We will all from time to time feel distant from God and doubt His love for us. The lesson we learn from Asaph is the amazing truth that God never forsakes His own. Even when they turn their back to Him and are the least deserving of His love and favour the Heavenly Father is always there for His children. In the psalm we hear Asaph saying “The Lord was constantly and continually with me even when I was far from Him; I was distrusting; I was moaning, I was sulking just like a spoiled child. Yet, never once did God remove His faithfulness from me.” As Asaph reminded himself God was never distant, in fact He was close to him, He was in intimate contact with Asaph.

The image is of a little child who is jealous and afraid and stubborn and intent on his own way, and of a patient father who holds that child by the hand and keeps and teaches the child. The picture is of tenderness and strength and wisdom. Let us ask for God’s forgiveness for those times we are weak and we go our own way and let us thank Him for His patience and love and Fatherhood.

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