Envy, and Sinners

Have you ever had envy for the wealthy, or envy for their wealth?  Maybe just a small portion of it?  I have.  The Lord of all grace and mercy has kept me and is getting me, and has gotten me to a place where rather than envy I can appreciate the wealthy, and even pity some of them.  Some of them, because they are without Christ our God and Creator.

Hear the writer of Proverbs concerning envy…

“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.”  Proverbs 23:17-18  (KJB)

It seems there are far too many who envy the wealthy to the point of demanding that they share their wealth with the world; and especially with the one who is envious.  Proverbs here must be referring to the wealthy as sinners, because that is how they are perceived by many.

Let us get one thing clear:  The wealthy are no more sinners than is the poor individual who lives under a bridge, or lives in a nice home.  We have all sinned; we are all sinners; rich and poor, and in between (Romans 3:10, 23).

The verses above are wise words for any who would envy those who are living in comfort and ease of life.  The believer, one who trust in the LORD cannot live in envy, but will live in the “fear of the LORD all the day long”.  It seems that if you are continuously envious of the wealthy you are not in the fear of the LORD.

We can know that they too have an expected end.  That ending without God’s intervention, and their coming to faith in Christ Jesus will be death and eternal destruction (Jeremiah 29:11).

Jesus Christ died on the cross for all the world; the rich, the poor, the healthy, the sick, and is calling all to come to Him.  He was buried, and He rose from that grave.  He is returning one day to make things right for all time, and eternity.  It is better to walk in the fear of the LORD, than in envy.


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