Don't Envy Evil, Your Reward Is Better1
(Read Proverbs 24)
Don't Envy Evil, Your Reward Is Better!
Proverbs 24:1-2 “Don’t envy evil people or desire their company. For their hearts plot violence, and their words always stir up trouble.”
There is a story about a couple missionaries that had dedicated their life’s work to serving in Africa. When they retired they came back on the same boat as a US President that had been over there hunting big game. As the ship pulled into the port in New York City the missionaries saw this huge crowd of people on the docks cheering the arrival of the boat. New York was teaming with life and everyone was at the docks including some local marching bands, the mayor as well as the military in full uniform. When the former President of the United States came down to leave the ship the crowd cheered and the bands played greeting this important man and treating him like royalty. The missionaries descended to the dock a different way, with no one noticing or sharing a word with them. The husband noticeable upset spent the rest of the day in their hotel room shaking his head in disgust. Later in prayer he cried out to God, we faithfully served you for over fifty years yet no acknowledgement or even a simple thank you from anyone for our service. Why God, why did the President receive such cheering for coming home from shooting animals and we receive nothing after coming home for serving you over fifty years? In a still small voice between sobs the missionary heard God say, “because you are not home yet.”
Have you ever wondered why the person not serving God seems to have no problems and has the easiest road in life, while you struggle on a constant basis to just get by, always feeling like you are under attack, unappreciated, or undeserving? Well the truth is for someone not serving God, they have already experienced their reward. Riches on earth is the end of their journey and the easy life is easy because satan desires that they not come to their senses so they will continue down the same path to destruction. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, wide is the gate that leads to destruction and narrow is the gate that leads to life. Once you are on the path to destruction, it is a dangerous path to get off of. But for those on the path to life it is one that may have hardship, trials, and tribulation but the reward is so much greater than anything you could imagine.
So the next time an evil person prospers do not be envious or desire what they have, instead pray for them because they are on a path to destruction and they need the same Hope that you have already found. You hold in your heart, the truth and the light, the true key to happiness. Something the world is missing and will never have, and the truth is they that evil person may look ok on the outside but on the inside there are being utterly consumed and destroyed.
Lord, you know what I am going through and facing. Today I place my trust in you and you alone to make my path straight. I lean not on my own understand but I trust and acknowledge you. I surrender my fears, doubts, worry, and anxiety to you and ask that you fill me with a peace that surpasses all understanding, a joy that is unspeakable, as well as strength in my weakness. You are my Lord, my Savior and I desire no one else. In Jesus name. Amen!