‘Til I Entered the Sanctuary of God.

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me…till I entered the sanctuary of God.

Then I saw the whole picture.

Psalm 73:16-17 (NIV, The Message)

This is so like me. I’ll furrow my brow, rub my chin and puzzle over a matter, wondering why pieces don’t fit.

I prayed for this to happen. It didn’t.

I prayed this wouldn’t happen. It did.

I asked the Lord for more. He gave me less.

I asked the Lord for less. He gave me more.

The Psalmist, referenced as Asaph, agonized over what appears to be the success of the wicked this side of heaven. He admits…

“I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.

They are free from the burdens common to man.” (vs 2-5, NIV)

And on and on he goes, detailing what appears to be a group of people who live care-free lives while he openly laments that he’s kept his heart pure. For no good reason.

“I’ve been stupid to play by the rules; what has it gotten me? (vs 13, The Msg).

But you and I know the truth. We know the end game. Upon their death, it’s going to be lights out for those who refuse to accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation. His promise to those who believe is that we’ll receive an eternity bathed in the glorious radiance of God in a perfect, sinless environment.

The Light.


But here’s the point. It isn’t until Asaph enters the sanctuary of God that he sees the whole picture.

What if he’d entered the sanctuary from the beginning and sought enlightenment from God?

Staring down the vast wilderness of unknown this new year holds, what if I chose to enter the sanctuary of God before pursuing things or trying to reason out what seems to make no sense?

Just what if?

This year, let’s enter the sanctuary of God first —throughout every moment of the day, in barren seasons and those delivering rich harvest—and seek His understanding.

Choosing to enter the presence of God through prayer and scripture study first might allow us to side-step unnecessary oppression…or, as the Message version reads… a splitting headache. (vs 16b)


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