“Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studies destruction and their lips talk of mischief.”
We are not to envy sinners or wish we could have what they have, lest we forget the greater blessings we hold for living righteously. I often hear people complain about those who “get-away” with their crimes or moral misconduct, but what they don’t see is the end result of living their lives for this world instead of the Kingdom of God.
Their sensual appetites may be indulged for now, but their hearts are empty. They truly are empty vessels that have lost their purpose. Each of us who choose to follow God’s Word and set our hearts to live righteously are setting up our riches for eternity. Our pockets may be empty in this world, but our hearts will be full now and in eternity. There is nothing to envy of those who will spend eternity without God, their accounts they stored on earth will be spent by others or lost in courts while lining the pockets of lawyers.
There is no sin in having riches in this world, for God blesses both the saved and unsaved with his generosity; but when we place our heart upon the things earned in this world and lose sight of God’s purpose for the blessings He gives, we are poor indeed.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
Prayer: LORD, teach me to turn my eyes upon Jesus, let me look in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. Father, let this be our song today, to remember not to envy those who have more or those who escape the penalty of our justice systems. Let us turn our eyes upon you and follow in wisdom and grace as we seek your Word for our daily living. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©