It's Easy to Envy
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well-nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
The psalmist in this passage almost turned away from God. He saw that the wicked, the unfaithful, and probably even the faithless seemed to have it all. They were prospering with wealth while the righteous were barely getting by. These well off folk didn't even regard God Almighty, yet they seemed to have it all. Isn't that what we think sometimes? I know I do. It seems like the unfaithful flourish while the faithful struggle for survival. As a result of his paradigm, the psalmist contemplated his faith and was almost led astray by the glitz and glamour of the unrighteous. C.S. Lewis once said, “It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak…We are far too easily pleased”. I think we can all relate to how Asaph was feeling in verse three of the psalm. We are often times hypnotized by wealth and mesmerized by fame.
When we talk about prosperity, what does that entail? Prosper means to be successful in anything, not just wealth. Most people think money when they think about prosperity. For the child of God, He wants to prosper us in all areas of life, especially in our faith. He also wants to prosper us in our careers, education, finances, relationships, marriage, and parenthood. God wants His people to find success in all that they do, and you can when you rely on His strength and wisdom to do it. God wants to prosper us in our faith so that we can persevere to the end.
Let us not set our eyes upon riches, which are destroyed with death. Instead, let us set our sights on our eternal reward, to be in God’s presence, which begins at death.