Do you wonder why God works the way He does? Why does He bless some differently than others? Why does one couple’s child quickly repent while another family struggles, for an achingly long time, without any substantial change in the life of their prodigal? Why does God seem to bless one with material extras while another struggles to find a job to support their family? Why doesn’t He seem fair according to my standards? These are questions that have been bothering mankind since the time of Job; and like Job, we tend to question and sometimes even accuse God. He does not work according to our plan for our lives.
In Psalm 4, we see a wonderful reminder to us of God’s ways – “But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself.” God has ordained the purposes for my life, and they do not center on my own agenda. He has set apart my life for Himself. What an amazing thing to know the Creator of the Universe has set me apart for Himself.
I wonder if, in this context, an opposite of Himself might be myself? My flesh drifts toward self. 2 Timothy 3:2 says, “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy…” and the list goes on of things that will be present in the last days. This is not a list where believers in Jesus Christ would want to be named! These sobering words help bring us to glory in the truth that He has set apart the godly for Himself.
The first verse of Psalm 4 calls the Lord, “God of my righteousness!” This title reminds us that our righteousness is from God alone. It is not our doing that has made us godly or righteous. The credit for all righteousness belongs to Christ alone.
Following the reminder that we are set apart for God Himself, Scripture tells us to put our trust in the Lord. As we struggle with whys and doubts and fears because what God is doing does not make sense to us, we are reminded to trust in the Lord.
Peace flows as we sit and rest and know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself. He did not create us so He could bless our plan for our lives, but to set us apart for His plans, His purposes, and Himself. May our hearts rejoice that He has created us for Himself. I need to be reminded of this again and again.
While God is faithful to change hearts and minds in the lives of His children, we also understand that change is a process, and often times far from simplistic or quick. Habits of life and thinking tend to change over time as the Holy Spirit works in hearts. This process of change is called “progressive sanctification.” It can be helpful and sometimes necessary to seek help from other Christians who can faithfully lead and walk with us, providing biblical encouragement and instruction along the way for the implementation of God-honoring, Christ-centered change. If you are struggling with life’s challenges, we would encourage you to seek help from your pastor, a godly friend, or a biblical counselor who is committed to seeking answers from God’s Word. To find a biblical counselor you can contact us or visit biblicalcounseling.com to find a counselor in your area.
Marilyn is married to Chuck and they have seven children. She enjoys discipleship and encouraging ladies to delight in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She is a counselor for Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries, and is also the ministry’s administrative assistant.