Faith’s Checkbook

Cure for Envy

Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cast off.

~ Prov 23:17-18

When we see the wicked prosper we are apt to envy them. When we hear the noise of their mirth and our own spirit is heavy, we half think that they have the best of it. This is foolish and sinful. If we knew them better, and specially if we remembered their end, we should pity them.

The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.

The deathblow of envy is a calm consideration of the future. The wealth and glory of the ungodly are a vain show. This pompous appearance flashes out for an hour and then is extinguished. What is the prosperous sinner the better for his prosperity when judgment overtakes him? As for the godly man, his end is peace and blessedness, and none can rob him of his joy; wherefore, let him forgo envy and be filled with sweet content.

Empathy Grows …

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

~ Galatians 6:2 [NLT]

To build intimacy in our relationships offering each other empathetic responses is necessary. The building blocks of a solid relationship happen in the tiny overtures we make all throughout the day. It’s as simple as kindly pausing what you are doing to fully hear the concerns of those around you. It’s choosing to smile rather than scowl when things don’t go as planned. It’s offering a warm response when others want our attention. A kind tone to our words builds trust. It tells those around us that we are safe to share with and that you are willing to try to understand their point-of-view.

Evening Prayer

1 Timothy 4:1-8

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

May you hold on to the truths of the faith, and to the teaching of Jesus. I pray that He will shield you from the teachings of those who have abandoned the faith, so you will not be deceived. I pray that you will train yourself to be godly by studying His Word and cleaving to the instructions of the Holy Spirit. I pray that you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, and point out the truth of God’s Word to others. May you always be filled with godliness for it has value for all things, holding promise for both the present and the life to come.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today With God

They… cut down … a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff.

~ Num 13:23

God has sent over into our earthly wilderness life many samples of the good things of the heavenly life  foretastes of the full glories there awaiting us.

The joy, peace, love, and grace we get here are very sweet, but they are just little specimens of fruits that grow everywhere in the Better Land. The old rabbis say that when the famine began in Egypt and the storehouses were opened, Joseph threw the chaff of the grain upon the Nile, that it might float down on the river and show those who lived below that there was abundance of provision laid up for them farther up the river.

So the blessings of divine grace, which we enjoy in this world, are little more than the husks of the heavenly good things, sent down on the river of divine grace as foretastes or intimations of what is in store for us in heaven. The joy the Christian has here is deep and rich, but heaven’s joy is infinitely deeper and richer.