S (Scripture): Psalm 37:
16 The little bit that a godly man owns is better than the wealth of many evil men,
17 for evil men will lose their power, but the Lord sustains the godly.
18 The Lord watches over the innocent day by day and they possess a permanent inheritance.
O (Observation): What a poetic description of faith in God. So much evil exists around the author of the psalm that the standard thought is: “survival of the fittest.” Evil and conniving people would be the rich and own the lands…but not according to God. God sees things differently, and so do God’s people.
God doesn’t necessarily make the poor folks rich; rather, God helps them to be content. God also seems to protect their lands from being taken away permanently.
God promises to sustain the godly.
A (Application): What does it mean to be “godly”? Does it mean that we need to be perfect?…to be without sin? Certainly not!
Perhaps to be godly is to trust in the Lord, to allow faith in God to guide us…so that we don’t have to fight to get “what is ours.” Heck, we might even need to release “ours” from our vocabulary, since we tend to huddle around what is ours, to the exclusion of all else.
Maybe we can just accept that it is all God’s…and we just get to steward it for a while. Yeah…I can go there.
What is “yours” that you feel you have to fight for? Imagine letting go and letting God guide you with what you have…what would that look and feel like?
P (Prayer): Lord, you just don’t make sense sometimes…you go against the ways of the world…and we trust that is best. Guide us, always…Amen.