Don’t Envy the Wicked

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (Psalms 73:2-3 NIV)

Have you ever envied some people that seem to have it all?  They have more money than they know what to do with.  They don’t seem to have problems.  They lie and steal and yet they come out on top.  They are proud and don’t treat others fairly or with respect.  This is what Psalms 73 is about.  Asaph had envied people that seemed to have everything by taking advantage of others.

When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. (Psalms 73:16-17 NIV)

Asap didn’t understand why God would allow people that were so evil to have so many earthly blessings.  That is until He went to God and understood that these people didn’t have Jesus.  Their final destination is not good.

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. (Psalms 73:24 NIV)

Asaph chooses to follow God even if he didn’t get wealth or other earthly blessings because he knew he had heaven to look forward to.  This is a good reminder to me to look to Jesus and not to others.  My reward is in heaven.

–Diane (

Written by Diane Levy


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