Ps 73: 13, 14 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain.
These verses are the end of a story. Asaph is having a really bad morning. You know the kind. You wake up to find your spouse is sick and staying home that day. That means you have double duty getting the kids ready for school. While the dog rips your skirt with her nails, you see that the baby just spit up on the report you need to present today. After changing and cleaning up, everyone is finally in the car and your neighbor comes out in his pristine suit and sits in his brand new luxury car which is provided by his job.
Finally, after dropping off the kids, there is a fender bender, but you make it to work with two a few minutes to spare. You hurry to reprint your report, then sit to decompress. You wonder “Lord why do the wicked prosper but I seem to have difficulty every day.” I try so hard to follow and serve you, but I never get ahead. My neighbor has more money, their children have all the newest clothes and they never seem to have problems. Some days I just want what others have.
If we are honest with ourselves, we have all been there. Sometimes those jolts of envy and doubt slip in, but when we pray for God’s perspective, we see that we are blessed beyond anything we can imagine. God was there to help Asaph up from that slippery slope. If God did it for Asaph, he will do it for you in his perfect timing. Be careful of the “wants.” Wants can do more harm in our life than Satan ever can.