Everyday with God

Read Psalm 34
Do you ever battle with envy? Do you wonder why someone else's life seems easier than yours? Do you sometimes feel frustrated or even angry with God when you compare your life to another's? Author Paul Tripp examines six things that embody the heart of envy.
'1.  Envy is forgetful. In concentrating on what we don't have that we think we should have; we fail to keep in mind the huge catalog of blessings that are ours simply because God has chosen to place his bountiful love on us. This forgetfulness causes us to do more comparing and complaining than praising and resting.
2.  Envy is selfish. Envy tends to put us in the center of our own worlds. It tends to make everything about our comfort and ease, our wants, needs, and feelings and not about the plan and the glory of the God we serve.
3.  Envy is self-righteous. Envy has a 'I deserve _________ more than they do' posture to it. It forgets that we deserve immediate and eternal punishment, and that any good thing we have is an undeserved gift of God's amazing grace.
4.  Envy is shortsighted. Envy has a right here, right now aspect to it that overlooks the fact that this moment is not all that there is. Envy cannot see that this moment isn’t meant to be a destination, but a preparation for a final destination that will be beautiful beyond our wildest imagination.
5.  Envy questions God's wisdom. When you and I envy, we tend to buy into that thought that we are smarter than God. In envy, we tend to think we know more and better, and if our hands were on the joystick, we would be handling things in a different way.
6.  Envy is impatient. Envy doesn't like to wait. Envy complains quickly and tires easily. Envy doesn't just cry for blessings; it cries for blessings now.'*
When envy comes knocking, it causes us to question God's goodness and demands that we depend on our own wisdom and resources. We stop running to God for help. We must cry out to God and ask for a humble, patient and grateful hearts. This is our defense against envy.
Questions for reflection-
+ Which of the descriptions of envy resonated with your heart?
+ Try to recall a time when envy led you away from a grateful heart.
+ Right now, pray for a heart of humility, trust and patience.
*New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.                                                        
365 devotional readings with a compelling gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. Focused less on behavior modification and more on helping people encounter the living God, this resource equips readers with the good news that they need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
Available on Amazon and also in the NorthPoint bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-1-4335-4138-4
Linda Miller | Ministry Development 

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