Episode 195: In His sanctuary

May 31, 2024Dave Lambert
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We’ve been traveling with Asaph on his journey from doubt to faith. We all travel that road—I’ve made the trip many times! We have seen that in spite of being a spiritual leader, Asaph had his struggles, just like we do. One of the things that seemed to be a real problem was the fact that while he was working hard on his sanctification and holiness, people who didn’t care anything about God were having great success in life. Have you ever felt this way? Yesterday we found Asaph hitting rock-bottom. He was saying, “What’s the point, anyway?” Today, let’s take him up on his question and listen in on his conversation with God as he seeks to work it out:

If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, you put them on a slippery path and sent them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. (Psa. 73:15-20)

One of the best things about hitting the bottom is that you can’t go down any further! Asaph hit the bottom but then he bounced up. He realized that he was in a real crisis of faith and had to do something about it. He tried to reason his way forward with his intellect but that didn’t work. When did Asaph reach his turning point? Here’s what he said. “Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.” What turned him around? It wasn’t his reasoning, his reasoning had failed him. What turned Asaph around was the Presence of God. While Asaph was in God’s Presence, he had a revelation of truth about the ungodly people he had been envying. The wicked often seem to be prospering but in God’s timetable, they will face total and terrifying destruction. In God’s Presence, Asaph saw that there was meaning in following God. So when things around us don’t make any sense and our reasonings fails, we need to stop and make time to seek God. Sometimes, things still won’t make any sense. But in His presence, we can get to a place where we can trust God no matter what happens. Right now, are you experiencing a crisis in your faith? Let me encourage you to get into God’s Presence. Seek Him for your situation. Ask Him for a fresh revelation of who He is and for fresh hope and vision for the future. Begin to move away from your doubts…towards faith!

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