Do not envy a violent man

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Do not envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways,
for the LORD detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.
The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
He mocks proud mockers
but gives grace to the humble.
The wise inherit honor,
but fools he holds up to shame.
(Proverbs 3:31-35 (NIV))

It is easy to get taken in by the ways of the world. How often have we seen those who follow the world receive great reward, or at least worldly reward? It is not always easy to stay focused on God’s promises when the world offers us things that we can see and touch now. But, we must not resort to the ways of those whom God spoke of in Proverbs. We must remember that we have a much greater reward to focus on – Eternity with God. We must always strive to remember that the world rewards wickedness and pride, but remember what Jesus said.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Pray for those who are described above. Do NOT envy them. Their reward is not what you want.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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