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S (Scripture): Psalm 73
1 Truly God is good to the upright,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For they have no pain;
their bodies are sound and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not plagued like other people.
O (Observation): The psalmist acknowledges that God calls all to be righteous, but for some reason, the psalmist is jealous of the wicked!
This author is not jealous of the person’s wickedness, but rather, jealous of the apparent prosperity of the wicked…
A (Application): The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…
We so easily can be manipulated by our own egos. We can see someone who – through dishonest or wicked means – gains popularity and / or wealth – and we can become jealous. We can start to think about putting ourselves into that person’s place. If I can just ignore this bit of justice or ignore that neighbor’s need…I, too, can be rich or famous.
Look! The wicked have no pain. They are sleek!
Yeah, right! The wicked have pain…they just don’t show you… The pain comes in lack of support…lack of guidance…lack of joy.
We can all be tempted to allow wickedness to guide us, because it seems to pay off in worldly ways. Yet, what is gained? And what is lost?
Instead of relying on wickedness, we can rely on the Lord to supply our needs (not our wants).
Do not let evil lure you into its trap. Sin is just death masquerading as life.
P (Prayer): Lord, remind us that we are yours and that you supply our every need. Amen.