Psalm 73: 4 Stumbling Blocks to a Life of Faith

Psalm 73

So often, I just don’t live the way I want to live. I tend to worry when I should worship. Panic when I should pray. Hold a grudge when I should give grace. What is it that so often holds me back from the life of faith I long to live?

This psalm highlights four stumbling blocks to a life of faith.

  1. Envy (vs 3.) Proverbs 14:30 tells us that envy rots the bones. It literally eats us from the inside out.
  2. Self righteousness/ Self pity (vs 13.) These are two sides of the same coin. One says, “Why me?” The other says, “I deserve more.” Both focus completely on self.
  3. Bitterness (vs 21.) Paul’s instruction to the Ephesians was to put away ALL bitterness. Much like envy, bitterness can become all consuming.
  4. Ignorance (vs 22.) The prophet Hosea spoke to the people on behalf of the Lord with the warning, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6.)

Envy, self pity, bitterness, and ignorance are stumbling blocks to living the life of faith and freedom to which God has called us.

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