from life’s storms and trials there are moments it gets difficult to see people who don’t give ½ a care about God prosper while we struggle greatly at times.
This is exactly how the Psalmist felt in Psalm 73. For him, life didn’t seem fair. He saw how wicked people were doing amazingly well and never seemed to have to suffer or pay for any of their wrongdoing. He poured out all his feelings and in doing so came to a great realization. He gained perspective.
Today I want to give you 4 ways to keep your feet from stumbling…
1. Stop comparing yourself to others
I know it’s hard not to base your standard of success on someone else’s but you just can’t do it. Comparison can lead to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and extreme doubt about what our God promises that He can do for us! It also causes us to become jealous and envious which aren’t very pleasing traits to God especially since these things can lead us to practicing other works of the flesh (Galatians 5). Comparison will have us slipping up and losing everything in an instant!
Remember we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)! We can’t go off of what we see others doing because frankly, we have no clue what’s going on behind closed doors and we definitely don’t know how God is dealing or plans to deal with anyone else.
2. Recognize we have everything we need
We have everything that we need to survive the moment we are in. The Bible says that God shall supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). This most definitely applies to us right where we stand. When you are focused on what God is doing in your life and how He is providing you don’t really have time to worry about what’s not happening or what’s going on in other people’s lives.
There have been times that I almost slipped going after something that I felt I needed in the moment. I was ready to give all kinds of things up but the reality is if I needed it…I would have it. He is a supplier of all our needs right? Right.
place, you get a phone call where you are berated by someone, you get to work and all hell has broken loose, you get home and more drama awaits. The next day you go out for coffee with a friend who happens to be an unbeliever and they only have great things to talk about and all their many blessings. If you are stuck in comparison mode and not recognizing you have all you need in the moment you might want to say, “forget it I’m done, what’s the point of trusting you God?”
But God is saying, no your living for me is not in vain! This Scripture comes to mind:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Don’t allow envy, impatience, or pride to cause you to give up on your eternal rewards! IJS…Don’t lose heart!
4. Change your perspective!
Earlier in this post I shared the Psalmist gained perspective. In verses 16 and 17 he shared that he was pained trying to understand why bad people seemed to constantly get off the hook until he went into the sanctuary of God. Here he was reminded of their end. As we saw in Galatians 6 reaping is not one sided. If we sow into the kingdom with whole life worship the benefits and rewards are massive if we are paying attention and open to receiving them. Walking uprightly with God guarantees that we will inherit the kingdom of God. While we will receive earthly benefits the eternal benefits are going to be even more amazing from what I read ;)
We cannot focus on all the things that are going wrong or on other people’s lifestyles. Our focus has to be on our own personal relationship with God. We have to focus on what He is providing us with! If we can take moments to magnify Him and bless Him it makes all of our blessings that much more recognizable. They become greater than any of our unmet wants and we are able to experience God in the moment and receive His peace, joy, contentment, self-control and everything else He has for us in the moment. Tangible and intangible!
So if you are feeling like you are about to slip. Tired of things just not going your way quick enough, remember:
Stop comparing yourself to others
Recognize you have everything you need
Understand your right living is not in vain
Change your perspective
It gets better when you remain present with Him! He promises =)
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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