23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
It’s easy for many of us to dismiss these verses because we may not feel like God is being faithful. We see all the injustice and hate swirling around us and may conclude that God is surely present but question why He is no longer present like He was in the Old Testament. I’d like to encourage you today.
As the Psalmist says, God establishes the steps of those who delight in Him and His ways. This is referring to the righteous. Even when the righteous fail and fall, God keeps being faithful. He holds us up when we miss the mark. This has never been more true than as seen in Jesus. He took our sin, grief, punishment, and death and conquered it to pave the way for us to receive His righteousness before God. He suffered terrible physical and spiritual afflictions for our good when we had no other hope. Our ultimate need for salvation has been met in Christ.
But the Psalmist also mentions bread, that is, food. There’s a physical nature to God’s upholding and graciousness. He will meet our needs, namely, food and clothing. This is significantly divorced from the idea of American prosperity. We prosper in Christ with an abundance of undeserved riches in grace. Our eternity is set! Paul confirms this contrast in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18: “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” The momentary affliction is our earthly life with pain and persecution that faithful Christians undoubtedly receive. But Christ has changed our eternity, our forever.
So where is God nowadays?!
He’s present in the life of believers, growing and sustaining us through good and bad! Whether He grants the wealth of Solomon or the trials of Job, He is faithful in all things. He will accomplish His purposes in the midst of pain, injustice, and suffering. He will call a people to Himself in Christ. He will bring them into an eternity that far outweighs anything that may transpire in the here and now. God is faithful. And as His people, we must be faithful to our deserving Creator.