The Story: From gazing on the prosperity of the wicked, Asaph turns his eye upon himself. Here he is, striving to remain pure, living a disciplined life, and looked upon with scorn and rebukes, probably by some of the very people he sought to serve: he seems to have been wondering whether or not it was worth it all. Why should he have to put up with this – and doubtless with less of this world’s goods than the wicked? But just when he was about to voice this opinion within himself, Asaph realized that this was not the right path for him. Here we see him heading toward the first way of escape whenever we find ourselves in temptation. This is to realize that we never sin alone; our decision to give in to temptation won’t enrich us as we hope; moreover it will invariably break bad on other folks as well. Sin indulged leads to more sin, and more sin leads to deception, equivocation, and perhaps looking for others to infect as well. Asaph almost, nearly fell for this gig; but at the last moment, he prevailed.
The Structure: In a fallen world wickedness seeks for agreeable company within which to reinforce its rebellious choices and actions (v. 10). This is good advice for God’s people as well. Since we know we’re going to face temptations every day, we should draw on the strength – through prayer, encouragement, counsel, and rebuke – that our believing friends can give. The closer we are to them, and the more we sense our spiritual interdependency, the less likely we will be to indulge in anything that violates the trust or compromises the purity of our spiritual relationships. Having soul friends, accountability partners, and prayer partners can be an important resource for ongoing sanctification in an age determined to drag us down to its own rebellious level before the Lord.
Do you have a soul friend or an accountability partner? How do you think this could help to improve your walk with the Lord?
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