Day 73

I’m sure no one was remotely surprised with the news of Kim Kardashian’s divorce from NBA baller, Kris Humphries. Their relationship didn’t come across as a match made in heaven, and certainly not a match heaven made. But apparently, it only took 72 days for them to realize that they shouldn’t be married. 72 days. Seriously, 72 days. I mean really, 72 days.

A semester of school takes more than 72 days. Probation on a new job is longer than 72 days. Cell phone contracts, mail in rebates, and Amber Rose’s ponytail are all longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage. (I stole that last one from Twitter)

If we were to apply that number to the book of Psalms, we would find that Psalms 72 speaks about the righteous judgment influential people. Ironic isn’t it? For what ever reason, Kim K is a person of influence. People look up to her, and she failed to use her influence for the greater good: the Glory of God.

So here we are at the metaphorical day #73. What does the Psalm for this day tell us? What lesson are we to learn?

In verse 1, Asaph describes the goodness of God toward His people. We know this! God is so good to us that words can’t even describe it. To say God is good just seems lame,  like it’s not good enough! I wish there were better words to describe it. But, by verse 2 he admits, “… I nearly missed it … looking the other way …” So, you ask, what was he looking at? “(I was) Looking up to the people (of influence).” (The Message Bible)

As we continue to read, we see what seems to describe many of us (vs 4-16). We are so envious of the people at the “top” that strive hard to “Keep Up with the Kardashians”. This kind of greed is hard on the soul and spirit because they starve without the contentment of God’s goodness. Andy Stanley (Pastor of Northpoint Church, Atlanta, Georgia) once said , “greed says that God owes me.” This has to be such a miserable existence. In fact, the Psalmist said that he got a splitting headache dealing with it (v 16).

It isn’t until he enters the house of the Lord in verse 17 that he really understands that God is great and greatly to be praised. The slippery roads of envy and comparison will only lead to destruction and disappointment.

We, as believers, have to come to a verse 25 in our walk with God.  “You’re all I want in heaven! You’re all I want on earth!” (The Message Bible) We have to pursue Him to find true love, joy, peace, and contentment. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ” (New American Standard Bible)

So please snap out of it people! Kim K’s marriage may have fallen apart, but you don’t have to. Keep your eyes on Him and see His goodness in your life. While it may be fun to see how the other half  lives, don’t get so caught up that you miss the abundance in your own life. Pursue Him and he will show you the great a marvelous things He has for you and no one else.

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