The Slippery Slope of Envy | Psalm 73:1-11
Today's Passage: Psalm 73:1-11
Key Verses: Psalm 73:1-3
A psalm of Asaph.
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Ok, I'll admit it. I look around at those I consider arrogant and prideful (yes, that's judgmental) and say, "Come on, God, why do you let those kinds of people prosper?! Some say they are on your side. They promote a watered down message that elevates themselves and produces wealth. Call them into account for goodness sakes!"
That's Asaph's complaint in this psalm. As a leader of one of David's choirs he was doing ministry . . . the right way. Then he looked around at the arrogant and their prosperity. They had record deals, book deals, nice homes, vacations, thousands of friends on social media, and all kinds of money. Asaph said, "my feet almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant . . ."
Here's the lesson I learn from these verses: Envy makes me lose my spiritual footing. It makes my heart cynical and calloused. It clouds the focus I need to work on my own heart. Envy wastes my time and energy. Envy spends the precious moments of my life and gives no return on investment.
Father, forgive me. Like Asaph, my feet almost slipped. Lord, redirect my focus to see the things in my life that need attention. Take envy far from my heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.