“Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain.” Psalm 73:13
The Psalm of Asaph really struck a chord with me this morning as I sip some anti-oxidants, otherwise known as coffee, on this beautiful clear and hot day in the desert.
I have talked with many who get to this point in their bondage with sexual sin. “Surely Beau, I should just give in…what’s the point, I’m doomed, there’s no hope.”
I find myself on those occasions asking them questions like this:
Why then was their hope for guys like we read in the Bible? Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Saul, David, Solomon, Gideon, etc… Can you say, PETER!!! (talk about a spiritual face-plant!)
For those in the new covenant who sin, there is this ever attack from the enemy that Asaph get’s here in Psalm 73. I can see Asaph today saying, “this culture is seemingly going about it’s sexual immorality with no real consequences.” It’s normal for them and I don’t see them suffering, maybe God is at the bar so to speak, or taking a nap (vs. 20).
Have you ever thought that way? I certainly have. LIES! That’s what they are.
For anyone who has lived in the way of sexual liberty, you know that there are consequences to choices we make. It seemed fine at the time, but oh, how later on it was difficult to turn off the lust button and put on the love one! Virtually impossible for some. In a media saturated culture, we too, like Aspah think, “the ungodly are always at ease and seem happy!”
Until we get our minds in the Word of God, we will continually be bombarded with this foolish and ignorant mind. (vs. 21-22). We need a mind change… better input for sure.
There is always hope for those that are in the fight! I share that often to men that are in despair. Continue to get in the ring when the bell sounds, continue to get back up when you stumble and fall. For those that are of the covenant, we fight and we fight with getting back into the Word, seeking God, learning to enjoy Him more than sexual immorality and it’s passing pleasures.