It’s day 15 of the Sword Training Challenge. The readings for today are Psalm 71-75 and Proverbs 15. We are about halfway through both books. Congratulations for your perseverance!
Have you ever seen the prosperity of the wicked and wished you could be so successful? Perhaps everyone has felt that way at one time or another. In Psalm 73, David admits to feeling that way sometimes. He said,
“2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.” – Psalm 73:2-9
We see the same thing today. Look at our Government. It is controlled by wicked people with no concern for anything but money and power, yet they continue to prosper. It’s very frustrating. No wonder David said that he almost lost his footing. The temptation to give up and join the wicked can be strong. That’s where spending time with the Lord becomes most important.
David said he almost slipped, but then he remembered how the wicked will be judged in the end, and he didn’t want any part in that. He spent time with God. That’s how he knew that the wicked may prosper for a little while, but they would spend eternity in the fires of Hell. The scriptures tell us that sin may seem good at first, but ultimately brings death.
“12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” – James 1:12-15
So, stay strong, saints. Do not envy the prosperity of the wicked, for they shall be judged. Choose righteousness, which leads to eternal life through Jesus Christ.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friend!