Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:1-19
Jealous of foolish people. Asaph says I saw how good they had it as lost people. That bothered me. They appeared to be prospering. I watched them and thought about their lives and wasn’t sure it was worth it for me to be serving God.
Then Asaph says that he went to the house of God. There he realized that there was more to life than what meets the eye. He realized that they were going to die without God and that they would suffer eternally.
I wonder how many of us are jealous of the foolish, jealous of the wicked, jealous of the worldly people because we do not think clearly or Biblically. We see the outward prosperity and not the inward reality or the eternal reality.
We want what they have and believe that it will make us happy. We forget what we have. We complain about what we do not have instead of praising Him for what we do have.
I am not sure that this is true about any of you but I know that I often get jealous. I want the money, the comforts, the easy life that they seem to have. I forget that they do not know God,. I forget that temporary comforts aren’t real comforts.
I also get jealous of ministries and blessings from God. I look at what God is doing with me and want what He is doing with the other. I seldom have a grateful heart that says, I am blessed. I can’t believe that God is using me like He is.
Actually we were told to rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 4:4 We are to rejoice in ministries or material goods. It seems that we are like the child that loves the gifts more than the giver. I know that I have that problem.
Sometimes I would have to admit that I can be more in love with the ministry than the one that I am serving. Sometimes I am more in love with the blessings than the blesser.
Is it time for you, also, to confess your sin of jealous and to rejoice in Him?