June 12 “Do you envy the prosperity of the wicked?”

prosperity of the wicked

Why bother doing what’s right? Do you ever respond that way when you look around and see the prosperity of the wicked? Those where the Psalmist’s thoughts. But things are not always as they seem …

Today’s Readings:
2 Kings 11-13
Psalm 73.1-9
Proverbs 18.16-17
John 19.23-42

2 Kings 11-13:

God is faithful

Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, had been her son’s counselor (2 Chron. 22.3-4), leading him in the worship of Baal. After his death she was anxious to grab power and see to it that Baal worship continued in Judah. So much so, that she was willing to kill her own grandchildren!

Athaliah didn’t just want Baal worship allowed, she wanted it sanctioned by the one in control.

As I listen to the news and hear the homosexual, gay-marriage, pro-abortion and other anti-God proponents, like Athaliah, they are not happy to be allowed the freedom to make their personal choices. They want the sanction of government and society, in general.

But God is faithful to His promises. He protected the one-year-old Joash (Jehoash) from his grandmother. God then anointed him king at the age of seven fulfilling His promise that a descendant of David would rule.

Even though God may allow our nation to suffer the judgment that comes from turning away from Him, He will still protect His own people, and there will be a remnant like the priests of Judah who will take a stand for what is right in God’s eyes.

envy

Psalm 73.1-9:

Envious of the wicked?

Verses 1-3, “Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

Even though the Psalmist knew the truth, that God is good to His children, he got his eyes off God and His promises. Instead, he got into self-pity, thinking how much easier life is for those who are not following God.

How like us! Who among us has not asked, “What am I doing this for? Look at so and so, she isn’t even trying to live right and she has it so easy!” But as we’ll see in tomorrow’s reading, things aren’t always the way they appear on the surface.

first to plead his case

Proverbs 18.16-17:

The other side of the story

Verse 17, “The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him.”

As a counselor, I have to keep this in mind when I only hear one side of a story. But it’s also an important principle for parents and others to remember.

It’s especially important for parents of grown children. When our children come to us complaining about their spouses, we need to remember that we’re only hearing one side of the story and, no matter how much we love our child, we’re not doing him or her any favor by taking sides.

We need to remember, first, that there is another side to the story, but more importantly, we need to be on God’s side. That means encouraging our son or daughter to go to God and their spouse, and to work through the problems biblically.

John 19.23-42:

Secret followers

In verses, 38 & 39, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, two well respected men, risked their reputations and possibly their lives to claim the body of Jesus and see that it was handled respectfully. Although they may have been secretive about Jesus during His life, they took a stand at the end.

I wonder how many “secret followers” today would be willing to “take a stand” if they realized the cost of not doing so. How many opportunities to share the gospel or bring glory to God are missed?

journal

What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:

Are you a “secret follower” or do others know of your commitment to Christ?

How do you respond when friends or loved ones complain or gossip about others in their lives? Do you “pick up their offenses”? Do you join in the attack? Or do you encourage them to do what is biblically right?

Have you ever been tempted to get into self-pity because it seems like people who want nothing to do with God or just aren’t living right get away with murder? Have you been tempted to envy their prosperity? How do you need to respond in the future?

Closing thoughts:

I hope you are all being blessed by your time in God’s Word. Please share your thoughts in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Donna

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2 thoughts on “June 12 “Do you envy the prosperity of the wicked?”

  1. I’m next to you at Still Saturday this week. Happy to “meet” you!

    • Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed week in the Lord, Donna