August 29, 2018

As you read through Psalm 37 you can’t help but notice that the main theme is ‘Two Ways and Two Destinies’. There is the way of the wicked > vs:1(those who will not acknowledge God as God and yield their lives and ways to Him) and the way of the godly > vs:17(those who acknowledge God as God and yield their lives and ways to Him).

I find it interesting as I read through the bible that even though unbelievers may do some seemingly good things with their time and money like give to charities, volunteer at food shelfs, discover wonder working drugs, etc; it doesn’t change God’s view of them or change their destiny. You are either godly or wicked and your destination is either heaven or hell there is no in-between. There is no gray area or grading on the curve.

Being godly doesn’t guarantee and easy life > vs:19 but it does guarantee God’s presence and it does guarantee a bright future. Being wicked may lead to an easy, prosperous life here on earth but future becomes an enemy rather than a friend. For a good story that illustrates this see Luke 16:19-31 about the rich man and Lazarus.

So perhaps the main point of Psalm 37 is to get us to always think, “What happens afterwards?” In other words what will be the outcome of the this action? Our society tends to focus on the now instead of the later. For instance; “I want that car now so I go in debt to get it not thinking about all the interest I will be paying on that car. I want to get married now so I settle for a less than ideal mate. I want to get high now not thinking that the drug might kill you or cause you to become addicted. I’ll spend all my money now and when I get older I will start to save. I know better than my parents. I’ll let day care and the schools raise my children. I don’t need advice I can make my own decisions. I’ll choose Jesus when I get older; right now I’m going to have all the fun I can.”

Proverbs 5:7–14 (NLT) — 7 So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: 8 Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house! 9 If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved. 10 Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. 11 In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body. 12 You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings! 13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors? 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.”

 

Afterward? It is a good question to ask in every area of life.

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