Go to the Sanctuary
From Psalm 73
Hope from Today's Reading:
"But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end." (Psalm 73:16-17 ESV)
Understanding is key.
It's motivating—if you understand what can happen if you don't, say, leave your faucets dripping when temperatures drop below freezing, you're more inclined to take those few extra minutes and get the house situated before going to bed.
It's sustaining—when you take the time to reflect on how your posture has improved or pain has subsided because you've added strength training or yoga or cardio, or all three, into your routine, you find the fuel you need to keep going.
The author of Psalm 73 was desperate for some fuel, some motivation to keep pursuing righteousness. He looked around and saw wicked people doing well. Why put in the effort? And then, he "went into the sanctuary of God," where he "discerned their end" (vv. 16–17).
Truth #1: However it looks to us now, only God's people prosper in the end.
Truth #2: Understanding truths like the one above (which motivate and sustain us) comes from pursuing the sanctuary.
The sanctuary (i.e., refuge, safe place) is where God is, where His people are, where His Word is spoken and prayers to Him are said. Sometimes, this is church on Sunday. Other times, this is hanging out, chatting and laughing, with a close friend. Bottom line, whatever they look like and whenever you can, pursue those places, people, and opportunities that draw you nearer to Him.