Proverbs 23: 17 -18

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October 25, 2013 by *Onyi*

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day;

For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:17 -18).

What does it mean to envy? From the dictionary we can see that ‘envy is a feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another’. It involves wanting what another man has.  An English adage that covers this feeling is one in which the grass is greener on the other side.

This proverb admonishes that we should not covet what another has.  We should not feel discontent at what we have or feel that we have gotten the short end of the stick in life because of what another has. Often times, what we think we see, isn’t often what it really is.  That person that we might be envious of, might be dealing with the heavy financial and/or emotional and/or spiritual implications of having all those things. We really do not know their story because we didn’t walk it with them.

Rather, our focus should be on Godly things and seeking God’s face and his wisdom daily.  His guidance and wisdom will get us further in life than we’ve ever been and if you’ve already learnt contentment earlier, you will enjoy the journey and probably be happier than those who never learnt how to be content.  Beyond that, by seeking to remain in his presence daily, we know that our final rest will be one of eventual peace.



God teach us to be content with what we have.  Help us seek for Godly things and also your wisdom.  Help us, so we do not fall into envy because envy, often comes with a steep price.


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