“But as for me, my foot had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.” Psalm 73:2Psalm 73
Imagine that you’re walking on a sidewalk and texting a friend to arrange lunch plans. Suddenly, you look up and realize that you’ve headed into a construction zone. With just two more steps, you would have dropped down a manhole!
Many of us have had similar experiences with moral danger. We’ve been walking along like fools in our sin, looking up nearly a moment too late to see God sparing us from ruinous consequences.
It happened to Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73. He describes how envious he was of the prosperity of the wicked. It seemed they owned every luxury. It seemed they could get away with anything. His jealousy grew; it was as if he was headed into a manhole. But in the sanctuary of God, Asaph gained perspective. He came to see how temporary all that wealth was: “As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies” (v. 20).
How are we to understand what looks like the Lord’s delay in justice? As a license to sin? No, it is an opportunity for grace, learned in His presence.
“Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness… not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” (Romans 2:4)