Provocative Devotion: Psalm 37 “The Problem of Envy”

We so often want what we do not have. When we see others have it we can easily become envious. When we are trying to follow God, don’t get want we want and see others who could not care less about God and they have it all, it is easy to become bitter and blame God. It is nothing new and your social status does not make you immune. David was King of Israel, the top dog, he had more than you or I could imagine. Yet even David wrestled with the issue of seeing others who did not love God who seemed to have a much better life. If David was subject to such feeling of envy, how much more am I?

Fortunately David was also wise enough to know the solution. It is all about trust. Do I trust that God has my best interests at heart and that God will in fact see that my interests are cared for and meet? Do I trust that the Lord has the long view in mind and that even though the wicked may seem to prosper now, it is just for a season, and a short one at that? The Lord looks across the vast span of eternity and knows that those who are His children will experience the bliss and joy of eternity with Him and that the things in this life, the things we so lustfully focus on, are fleeting at best. I cannot be envious of a person who has it all according to the world’s way of measuring. Because what they have is just a shiny trinket compared to the riches of the glory of God that are ours for eternity in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b]
Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
    though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11 But the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in abundant peace.

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