Have you ever looked or been distracted by someone else’s life? Have you compared the lives of others to your own? Have you wondered how certain people who do not serve or honor God prosper? Perhaps, you have been discouraged because you see the wicked prospering yet you are not. If so, I would like to share with you one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 73. This Psalm helps me stay focused and put things into perspective. Perhaps, it can help you as well.
“Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Their eyes stand out with abundance: they have more than their heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens…And they say, How does God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches…When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely you did set them in slippery places…you shall despise their image. Thus my soul was grieved, and I was pierced in my heart. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before you. Nevertheless I am continually with you…Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is none upon the earth that I desire besides you…For lo, they that are far from you shall perish…But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare your works.” Psalm 73
(Please read the entire Psalm 73 when you can. It is long yet amazing. Above is only a sample of the psalm.)
As believers we are to wait and trust in the Most High. Just because someone is prospering, it does not mean that their prosperity or success came from above. As you can see in Psalm 73, these people were rich and prosperous, yet they were prideful and were ungodly. Where did their success and prosperity come from? From their god, the enemy, the adversary. The enemy can cause you to have prosperity and success as well if that is what you desire.
We should not compromise to receive prosperity. We should not compare ourselves to others. We are to wait and trust in the Lord for our season. Psalm 1:1-3 reads,
“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 reads,
“Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when the heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be anxious in the year of drought, neither cease from yielding fruit.”
That which God has for us is far greater than what the enemy and this world can offer us. Therefore, there is no need for us to compare ourselves to others when we serve and trust in God.