Evening Devotional, Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Evening Devotional, Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Week Night Devotionals: Reflections on Psalm 73

Night 2: The Folly of Envy

Text: Psalm 73:4-12

Devotional: “For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. And they say, ‘How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?’ Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.”

Asaph describes the apparent ease and prosperity of the wicked. They live without the struggles that many face, and their pride and arrogance grow unchecked. They even mock God, questioning His knowledge and power. This description intensifies Asaph’s struggle as he contrasts their seemingly carefree lives with his own challenges.

The folly of envy lies in its shortsightedness. It focuses on immediate, outward appearances rather than eternal realities. The prosperity of the wicked is temporary and ultimately hollow. Their arrogance and disregard for God will not go unnoticed forever. Asaph’s detailed observation of their lives serves as a reminder that what we see on the surface does not reflect the true state of their souls or their ultimate destiny.

Reflection Questions:

  1. How does understanding the temporary nature of the wicked’s prosperity change your perspective on envy?
  2. What are some ways you can remind yourself of God’s eternal justice and the ultimate fate of the wicked?
  3. How can you encourage others who struggle with envy and doubt?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to see beyond the surface and understand the folly of envy. Remind us of Your eternal justice and the fleeting nature of worldly success. Give us eyes to see as You see and hearts that trust in Your perfect timing and judgment. Amen.

Application: Reflect on the temporary nature of earthly success and the eternal perspective God calls us to have. Spend time in prayer, asking God to help you see beyond immediate circumstances and trust in His justice. Consider reading other Scriptures that emphasize God’s justice and the ultimate fate of the wicked, such as Psalm 37 or Revelation 20.