My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
(Psalm 73:26 NIV)
At first, Asaph, the writer of the Psalm, had “envied the arrogant when [he] saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills” (vv.3-5). It made him question what good does it do to lead a godly life, “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments” (vv.13-14). But as he drew closer to God in His temple, Asaph, the Levite, came to a profound conclusion. Not only did he understand the not-so-happy destiny of the arrogant (vv.17-20), but also declared, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (v.26).
There’s a well-known quote that says, “Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come!” Just because your present situation is not pleasant, it doesn’t mean that that it will stay that way…forever. Although Asaph didn’t seem to enjoy good health and fortune like those who didn’t fear God, he realized that what he had was of greater worth – God was his sustainer and provider…forever! The Apostle Paul had a similar idea in mind when he wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination because with God, we don’t stay where we are forever. The best is yet to come!