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That Just Ain’t Right (Psalm 73 pt 2)

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In my last entry I explained how the psalmist Asaph was on a mental and spiritual hamster wheel. He was confused as to why evil people seemed to have great lives while the people who were dedicated to God seemed to struggle. The more he thought about this, the worse things got for him. Asaph even began to question whether his devotion to God was worth it or not. In verse 13 he questioned,

“Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?

Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?”

As I stated earlier, Asaph was a chief musician and led others into the worship of God. We sometimes get the wrong impression of biblical leaders and we think that they never had times of doubts. But truly, which biblical leader didn’t have doubts? It seems odd, but most of the people who questioned their service to God were leaders! Look at John the Baptist who sent messengers to question Jesus, the Messiah, about His mission because he had some doubts (Matthew 11:3). Moses doubted his ability to communicate God’s message to the Pharaoh (Exodus 4:10, 13). And how can we forget Thomas, the Lord’s disciple who was best known for doubting (John 20:25)? Yet he wasn’t the only one of Jesus’ disciples to doubt. The same apostles who witnessed Jesus’ glorious resurrection, and saw him miraculously ascend into the sky, doubted (Matthew 28:17). Through these examples, we see that even leaders question whether their devotion to God is significant or not. When we examine the Bible, we’re hard pressed to find any spiritual leader who didn't question his calling at one time or another.

But, if you’re anything like me, struggling leaders bring tension to your understanding of the Christian life. Aren’t the heroes of our faith supposed to have flawless lives that are examples of what each Christian to should work toward? But I discovered that taking this view is utterly and completely wrong.

Doubts and questions are a normal parts of the life of all Christians, leaders included. If leaders never questioned, they would never go through the experiences that draw them closer to God-closer than they would’ve been had they not experienced doubt. I know this seems contrary to our view of a Believer’s walk, but it’s true. Instead of expecting leaders to be perfect spiritual heroes, we can see God, (who is the true hero) and realize it’s all in his plans for us. We can have confidence about our lives when we read about the greatest spiritual leaders having doubts, yet whom God did miraculous things through.

John Wimber, the founder of the Vineyard Church said, that we should never trust a leader who doesn’t have a limp.

In my own life, I’d be more concerned if I as a Christian leader didn’t question God’s purpose at one time or another. Questioning seems to go with the leadership territory.

That being said, we shouldn’t be too hard on Asaph for having doubts. Even though he was a leader, he was still where he should have been.


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