An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Envy Thou Not

(Proverbs 3:31 KJV)  Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

“Envy” (7065) is more of a problem than most of us want to admit.  I wonder how “envy” relates to “covet” (2530)?  They seem synonymous.  If anything envy is more focused on anger at the person who has what you want while coveting is just the desire.  It is such a feeling that it is mentioned in the Ten Commandments.

Where has envy struck at me lately?  I envy those who are in a financial situation that they can retire from the rat race and pursue their own interests.  I envy my brothers who have grandchildren.  I envy those of you who don’t live in California.  None of this cripples me or brings life to a halt but if I focus on what others have it takes the joy from the day.

Instead I try to focus on the incredible blessing God has heaped on my plate.  That is why Paul said,
(Philippians 4:8 KJV)  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This is not playing mind games, it is making decisions.

So?  Count your blessings.  The number might surprise you and envy fades in the process. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I might be off here, but I've always considered coveting, and maybe jealousy, to be wanting the same thing some-one else has. ENVY, to me, is getting to the point where you wish they DIDN'T have something because YOU don't.

Pumice said...

Now that you mention it I have used "envy" that way at times. When I try to explain why other countries might hate us I use envy. I would say your point is a good addition. I hope people check the comments.

Grace and peace.