We’ve had some gloomy days recently with pitch-black clouds hanging in the sky followed by solid thunderstorms. The Bible mentions a man named Asaph who had a storm of his own going on in his head. Asaph voiced his frustrations about injustice in his mournful prayer (Psalm 73:12-14):
“12 This is what the
wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
13 Surely in vain I
have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.”
In a nutshell, Asaph believed he should be rich and carefree while his godless neighbor should be poor and penniless. Obviously, human jealousy always gets the better of us. People listening to Asaph could have been misled thinking that God is unable to take care of His own children; of course nothing could be further from the truth. Asaph later admitted that if he had spread his corroded thought life into the world he would have become a traitor of his own people.
Asaph is a good example that God’s children aren’t perfect. They are a peculiar mix of mortality and immortality. The Holy Spirit resides in their mortal bodies and connects them to the Eternal One. Their faith in God has deeply impacted their life choices, however, that does not mean there won’t be hang-ups.
So, how do we deal with bad experiences? I believe we fare best by not getting bitter. All wrapped up in our emotions, bitterness detaches us from reality. As a result, we don’t see things clearly anymore. If we are hurting we need to draw near to the Lord, lick our wounds and go back out again with grace and love. Apparently, so did Asaph, and His prayer ends on a very happy note (Psalm 73:28):
“But as for me, it is good to
be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.”