Slipping Because of Envy
Wisdom's Corner
Slipping Because of Envy

"But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked" (Psalm 73:2-3).

Many of those who follow God are poor. They do not have many possessions. Sometimes they may not even have food to eat. They may not have a home. They may not have clothes to keep them warm.

It is not hard to understand that there would be times that these poor individuals would begin to wonder if they were doing what is right. They look at those in this world that have so much and yet are not following God and they begin to doubt. They are tempted to give up following God's word and join in the activities that those in sin do.

In verse 7 of Psalm 73 it is said that the righteous look and see that the rich "have more than heart could wish." In verse 5 the prophet says that the rich are not troubled like other men. Yet he acknowledges that these rich men are corrupt and speak wickedly.

The prophet overcomes his envy and keeps his feet from slipping. He continues to believe in and trust in God. He knows that those who are rich and wicked will be brought into desolation (v.19). He also knows that the righteous will be received into glory (v.24) to be with God in heaven (v.25).

So, if you are ever are tempted and wish you could be like the rich wicked person, remember that it is good to draw near to God. It is best to put your trust in the Lord God (v.28).

Until next time, keep reading your Bible and getting the wisdom of God. Do not let your feet slip. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 2002

Published by The Old Paths Bible School