Sometimes I am envious of other people. I walk along and I see groups of friends laughing and they seem to have no cares in the world. Everything seems so easy to some people.
Now this is not going to be a pity party for my struggles and issues, because honestly I have it pretty easy. It’s just that I look at other people and wonder how they keep their life so together sometimes when at times it feels like my burdens are so heavy.
I know that those people that I envy at times have problems as well. They have to. It’s just my perspective that I don’t see those struggles.
Well last night during my Bible time (one of them that is), I was reading Psalm 73. Asaph in this instance knew exactly how I feel sometimes. He says:
For I envied the proud
when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
They seem to live such painless lives;
their bodies are so healthy and strong.
They don’t have troubles like other people;
they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
Yes! That’s exactly how I feel sometimes. I think it’s so nifty when the Bible knows exactly what I’m thinking. That’s God speaking to me.
Later in the psalm he says:
Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.
I definitely feel that sometimes, maybe not as dramatically but still. Sometimes I wonder why I try to hard to follow God when it seems that other people can do just fine not following God.
Like Asaph, I go to God (he says he goes to God’s sanctuary). Then I realize that God, who is a just God, will bring judgement on those people who do not follow his ways. He’ll bring this in HIS time though. I don’t need to worry about those other people who’s lives seem to be so easy, yet they seem to be living in sin. It’s not my place to judge them. Instead I should focus on being the example and showing God’s love.
I really like the last three verses of this psalm:
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
God has it all under control. That’s my hope and what I hold on to.
To read Psalm 73 in the New Living Translation (which is what I read most often out of) go to: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+73&version=NLT