Proverbs 23:17-18, “Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.”
We often see a blatant statement, of the “Rich and Famous” who say, “look at me, see what I’ve accomplished, now watch me sin and see how I enjoy it.” Their recent escapade, the jilted loved ones, the abandon morality is spread across the tabloids. The media seeks to send the most outrageous stories across our news counters and magazine racks while within the content of their story, they are condoning or making the outlandish, sinful behavior acceptable.
Oh, precious children of God do not be envious of sinners; turn your hearts to God and turn your ears, eyes, and hearts away from the preaching of the social immorality we see in our world at every turn. Are they rich, even though they have no hope? Are they prosperous without God’s love? Are they satisfied without His blessings? We have so much more! We have hope in our LORD, we have His blessings and we daily experience God’s Love!
We are to be a peculiar people; this means we have come out from the world’s way of thinking and acting. We are following after the LORD and we have a holy reverence of His leading. We must be devoted to only one god; and that must be our LORD Jesus Christ and all that He stands for. When we follow after His will and comply with His Word; we find riches that do not compare to financial, social, or personal gain.
The way of the wicked will meet an end and all that they have accomplished in this life will be empty hands and a future of complete loss when they meet God face to face. But those who serve God will be rewarded with the crown of life eternal and abide with Him forever.
Prayer: Father, help us to see sin for what it is. Cause our hearts to mourn any broken relationship with you and draw us back to you. Do not let us be children looking at those in the world who live as they want without consideration for their souls. Teach us from your Word about your great reward for those who follow closely to you. Father, we love you and we ask that you cleanse our hearts and minds so that we seek after you instead of the fleeting treasures of the wicked. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Connie Renfro ©