It Seems Hopeless
By Mary Baird
I don’t know about you, but it seems as if in the political arena, those who practice lying and cheating are having a field day. And what really concerns me is that even when many know about the lying and cheating, it makes no difference to them. They happily admit they will support such a person even if wrongdoing is found.
I’ve watched with breath taking wonder when I see people on the street being asked questions regarding particular leaders, American history, what their standard is for a leader, and other direct inquiry to their thinking on issues. At first it’s funny until you begin to consider how serious these issues are.
When my thinking becomes pessimistic, I love to read Psalm 73. The author of this Psalm, Asaph, was going through similar feelings of depression. He looked around him and saw those who were greedy, dishonest, and violent never getting caught and in fact were living good lives of ease and plenty. He wondered what good it did him to follow the rules and live his life in a godly manner. He finally laments in verse 16, “When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless.” Ever feel that way? I’ll admit, I have. I seem to remember a time when justice worked and those who broke or took advantage of the law had to answer for their sin.
That’s the way Asaph felt too. However, as you read verse 17, you find the solution to our angst. It was when Asaph entered God’s sanctuary and God showed him the end of those who flaunt their sin of law breaking and dishonor; especially those who have the ability to harm other people in their quest for power and money. As you read the remainder of this Psalm, you begin to realize a day is coming when all wrongs will be corrected and those who thought they were above Almighty God will finally and forever be judged by The Judge of the Universe.
Asaph ends with this message, “Those far from you (God) will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You, but as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all you do.” Now that’s hope!