For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
There are times in our lives when we as Christians, while we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ faithfully and simultaneously we are struggling financially or emotionally. In that situation, you notice the arrogant, those who deny the existence of God “Atheism” and living a life of carefree. The more they sin the richer they get and the healthier they look, while you are struggling just to eat or make it through the day. Every morning you wake up, it starts all over again, but not for the wicked.
4 They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well fed. 5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.
Our true reward is not earthly where moth and rust will destroy and men steal but the reward that we strive for as believers through the Holy Spirit is a heavenly and eternal one (Matthew 6:19-21). Christians must suffer for Christ so that our faith may be strengthened and for Jesus’ glory. Don’t envy the wicked in their prosperity because they will enjoy what they have for only for a moment.
13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14 For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless 17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin.
19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.
The verses below will illustrate what happens to those who are living in wealth or have a good life without making Jesus the center of their life. All that they do and accomplish will be meaningless without Jesus. Their afterlife will be pure terror and those who follow suit after them will join their eternal state.
19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’ 25 “‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony.
Building your life on the foundation of money, houses, cars, women, and anything else is not worth it because that foundation is sand. The answer is Jesus Christ who gives you hope, purpose and eternal life to those who believe in Him as Lord and Savior. Now, that the answer is obvious, may you make the right decision today.