Don’t Envy Them; God Provides For You

Don’t Envy Them; God Provides For You
Matthew 5:45

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Matthew 5:45 (VOICE)
45  …He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner.

It can be hard to watch non-Christians in our workplace, school, neighborhood or family enjoy “prosperity” while, as a Christian trying to remain faithful, we tend to struggle day-to-day. At times, we may be tempted to envy those around us and ask, “Why does God bless them while I just can’t seem to catch a break?!”

Taking it a step further, we can be faithful tithers and bless God’s House, but then not seem to have any extra money leftover for ourselves. We look around and see others with their nice houses, cars and other expensive things and may start to think what we could afford to buy/do with the money we mark for tithes.

These thoughts are, of course, part of our natural emotions as human beings. There is nothing wrong with the initial thought when it enters our brains… the wrong begins when we do not immediately chase away these thoughts with Scripture and ask God for strength and endurance.

An article found on GotQuestions.org, entitled, “How Can I Take Control of My Thoughts?” states:

“There is also a difference between being tempted (a thought entering into the mind) and sinning (dwelling upon an evil thought and wallowing in it).”[a]

In the following two Bible verses, we read:

Luke 17:1 (NLT)
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin…”

2 Cor 10:5 (NIV)
…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

A second article found on GotQuestions.org, entitled “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” says:

“Those who have temporary riches on earth are in reality spiritual beggars… We may not have everything we want here on earth, but we will one day prosper for all eternity through Jesus Christ our Lord.”[b]

Although it will not always be easy, do not envy those whose blessings DO NOT come from God. My God is able sustain you and to provide you with a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

[a] “How Can I Control My Thoughts?”, written for GotQuestions.org
https://www.gotquestions.org/take-control-thoughts.html

[b] “Why Does God Allow Good Things to Happen to Bad People?”, written for GotQuestions.org
https://www.gotquestions.org/good-things-bad-people.html

-Dan Rivera
3/19/2017

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