Why Do the Wicked Prosper?
Have you ever gotten to the place of doubting or asking God, “Where are You?” It may be that you are measuring life against a temporal value system instead of eternity. In Psalm 73, Asaph wrestles with faith “till I entered the sanctuary of God.”
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing about this message that you found particularly compelling, encouraging, challenging, or beneficial?
- Has there ever been a time in your life when you doubted the goodness, presence or even the existence of God? What happened? How did that time or season play out?
- Read and discuss Psalm 73. What do we learn about God from this psalm? What do we learn about us? In what ways do you relate to the author?
- Discuss this statement: “Life is not fair, but it is just.” What does this mean? How do we tend to struggle with the tension between fairness and justice?
- In what ways do you “envy the arrogant” and see “the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:3) around you today? As followers of Jesus, how should we respond to this?
- What is the significance of the psalmist going “into the sanctuary of God” (Psalm 73:17)? How is this a turning point in this psalm? What are the implications for us?