Letters From a Pastor

Psalms 37

January 22, 2023

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Matthew (16:26)

“a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3, 4)

“For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). 

  1. To fight this temptation to envy the wicked, we must trust in the Lord. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4)

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)

  1. To fight this temptation to envy the wicked, we must delight ourselves in the Lord.

“tasted and seen that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8 emphasis added)

I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking him in his temple. (Psalms 27:4)

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis

  1. To fight this temptation to envy the wicked, we must commit our way to the Lord. 

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

  1. To fight this temptation to envy the wicked, we must be still before the Lord. 

“Anger is so harmful in football that if I can get an opposing lineman angry at me, he will concentrate on beating me and forget to attack the quarterback—and that’s my job, protecting the quarterback.” Norm Evans

  1. To fight this temptation to envy the wicked, we must remember the fate of the wicked. 

 

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)

  1. To fight this temptation to envy the wicked, we must believe that God will bless his people. 

 You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the Lord your God.” (Le 24:21–22)

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” (Zechariah 7:8–10)