Proverbs 23:17-18 – “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; 18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.” NKJV
Have you ever looked at someone who appeared to be living a vile lifestyle and yet seemed to get all the breaks? Let’s take that a step further by asking have you envied them or what they had? The first question is not problematic but the addendum and the writer of Proverbs identifies wrong thought and right thought with a promise attached.
I used to hear the phrase “Payday Someday” used a lot as people explained that the wicked would one day stand before God. I have heard it adapted to the mentality of “I don’t get mad, I get even” as descriptive that the object of that comment would pay. We like to say, “What goes around comes around” as an explanation that all balances out in life. Well, actually it doesn’t and the wicked may never, in this life, suffer visibly for the condition of their hearts and you may never get the breaks you think they have gotten but there is a cause for rejoicing that I want to point you to.
Instead of focusing on those living sinful lifestyles regardless of how prosperous they may appear become ZEALOUS for the ‘fear of the Lord’ all day, every day, and ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.’ The writer gives us a reason that should stir our hearts, “for there is a hereafter and your hope will not be cut off.” WOW! So it is not what a man possesses materially that matters it is what is in his heart! I believe we find that in the words of Jesus in the gospels do we not?
So if I live my life with eternity in view and anchor my hopes in God then I can live as Paul said, ‘Content whatever my state may be’ knowing that I am IN CHRIST and He is my HOPE! What would we exchange for our souls? What is more valuable than our eternal relationship with God? Yes some seem to get all the breaks but we have HIM and a treasure where moth cannot eat away, decay cannot erode, or thieves break in and steal. When someone speaks out of envy at what another has I always tell them, “NEVER look at the outward look inward and upward your big break came in Jesus and nothing in this world can compare.”
So as you go through this day go knowing that what you have in Christ is worth more than all the treasures of this world. You got the best break when Jesus forgave you of your sin! May God be with you and bless you richly today!