Light in the Darkness: March 14, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.” — Psalm 73:2-3

The writer of Psalm 73 was guilty of something that has been common even among believers. He fell prey to envy. He became susceptible to this sin when he took his eyes off his creator and began looking at the people around him.

As he did, he began to see many who appeared to be better off than he. The fact that they were unbelievers, living their lives with no regard for the Living God simply made matters worse. Why should they prosper when he suffered every day?
He began to envy and envy is a sin that never sees things clearly. It has selective vision. Envy sees only those who appear to be or to have more than I do or something that I desire.

As a result, the Psalmist refers to the powerful, the rich, the healthy and apparently happy in such a way as to imply that every unbeliever experiences the same, and of course, they do not.

He did not see those suffering the terrible consequences of lives squandered in sin.

Try as he might, he could not understand why the wicked prosper while saints suffer.

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