I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Psalm 73:17 (NIV)
The encouragement of God’s people is one of the means that God uses to strengthen us when we feel like giving up. That’s why you should never withdraw from God’s people when you are discouraged.
When Asaph came to worship, he remembered God’s truth, and he met with God’s people. That was where God straightened out this man’s thinking. “Then I understood their final destiny.” Asaph is talking about the final destiny of the wicked. Remember, Asaph’s problem began when he wondered why the wicked prosper (73:3).
Asaph uses the picture of walking on ice to describe the ultimate outcome of the wicked: “Surely you place them on slippery ground” (73:18). How has God placed the wicked on slippery ground? The answer is by prospering them. Prosperity is a great blessing, but it is also slippery ground. The problem is that prosperity often makes a person blind to reality.
Money can make a man think that he is something special. It makes him feel secure. That’s a very slippery place. Remember Jesus’ words about the man who acquired great wealth, built big barns, and had all kinds of plans for his own future? God said, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you” (Luke 12:20).
If prosperity is a slippery place for the wicked, it will be a slippery place for the righteous too.
If God has given you money, you should be thankful. You should also be careful. It’s like walking on ice. Pride can easily come in, and pride comes before a fall (Prov. 16:18).
Do you think God intends to warn you or encourage you by this today? Why?