I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
~Psalm 73:2-3, NLT
Focus on the OUTCOME; not the obstacle.
I suppose not that much has changed as far as human behavior goes but TV has certainly made us more aware of the arrogant windbags who are pampered and overfed, decked out in their silk suits, making fun of those who try to do right and discrediting our Savior. They use words to to bully others and they are full of hot air. They are haters of Christ and of all that is good and believe it or not, they have an audience. There is a segment of our population that listen to what they say and believe them. David said, “I almost slipped when I focus on these wicked windbags.” One of the keys to success and survival is to stay focused.
At one time in my life, I was a runner. These days, I do good to walk but in those days I ran for miles, as many as 26 in one day: actually in less than five hours. You can’t focus too much on the present, the pain, the blisters. You have to keep the end in mind. As my good friend Morris Hill would say, “To finish is to win.” I never competed against the clock or others, I was not that good–my goal was to finish. In life there are many distractions. I think the devil is the master of distraction and diversion. It is easy to lose focus. By his own testimony, David almost slipped into despair and bitterness by focusing on the wrong things. David said, “When I was surrounded by unpleasant circumstances and nothing seemed to be going right for me, I looked at the wicked and saw how prosperous they were and I could feel myself becoming bitter.” David was simply be honest and if you and I are honest, we will make the same confession.
What on earth is the answer to this dilemma? For David, it was worship. When David got focused on the person, presence and power of God; it put all the distractions in perspective. This lead David to exclaim, “Everything I want is in heaven and all I need on the earth is the LORD.” A horse can eclipse your view of a majestic mountain if you get too close to horse. Back up, put some distance between yourself and the horse, then you will see that the mountain in infinitely bigger than the horse.
We are excited about the opportunity to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ today and I think God is leading me to do something very strange. If this is His leading, it will work and if it is not, I’ll look like a jerk. May His kingdom come and His will be done on earth, just like it is in heaven.