Misunderstanding can lead to pain

Psalms Bible Background

08.04.2017 – Old Testament: Psa 73.15–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 73–74 on August 4, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The psalmist said that God is good to His people, yet, the psalmist observed God’s people suffering and the wicked prospering. He thought about that and it almost made him fall away from God. As he continued to think about it, the psalmist declared,

If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
When I thought how to understand this,
It was too painful for me…
(Psalm 73.15–16) 

It hurt him badly in his heart to contemplate God letting the righteous suffer, and letting the wicked prosper. However, the psalmist realized that he had not considered the whole truth, and he saw the wicked eventually fall, and the righteous stand.

Questions:

  • Did you find out later that you had misunderstood something or someone, and that the truth was not painful?
  • Is it possible that you have any misunderstandings now?

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