We Look to God
God is our only answer
God is our only answer
He writes with characters too grand
For our short sight to understand;
We catch but broken strokes, and try
To fathom all the mystery
Of withered hopes, of death, of life,
The endless war, the useless strife—
But there, with larger, clearer sight,
We shall see this—His way was right.
—John Oxenham, quoted by V. Raymond Edman, Disciplines of Life
Swindoll, C. R. (2016). The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart and 1501 Other Stories (pp. 240–241). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
1 Man that is born of a woman Is of few days, and full of trouble. 2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: And he delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; And his seed is blessed. 27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell for evermore. 28 For the Lord loveth judgment, And forsaketh not his saints; They are preserved for ever: But the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide. 32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, And seeketh to slay him. 33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged. 34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, And he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: For the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: The end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: He is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, because they trust in him.
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off [Ps. 37:37–38].
The “perfect man” is one who is perfect toward God in that he trusts God and rests upon his salvation. The end of the upright man is peace. God will see to that.
“The end of the wicked shall be cut off.” The transgressors will be destroyed and the wicked shall be cut off. Mark that down. It is as sure as the law of gravitation.
McGee, J. V. (1991). Thru the Bible commentary: Poetry (Psalms 1-41) (electronic ed., Vol. 17, p. 205). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on thee: Because he trusteth in thee.