Today’s reading is Proverbs 22-23.

“Let not your heart envy sinners,
but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.”
Proverbs 23:17

This gets back to our earlier post about Now and Later. Sometimes we look at sinners now. They seem to be having fun. They appear to have many pleasures. In those moments, it may appear that righteousness and wisdom are merely ways to limit our fun. We think we are missing out and envy the sinners their good time. If only we could see them later when their sins have come home to roost. Often their sins come home to roost even in this life, leaving them in the wake of broken relationships, empty lives, disconnected from all good things. However, sometimes it doesn’t come home to roost until this life is over and like the rich man of Luke 16 he finds himself in torment. Don’t see the sinner now, keep your eyes on what is coming later and don’t envy the sinner.

Monday’s reading is Proverbs 24-25.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, make sure you read what I shared with your parents. Satan wants you to believe you are missing out when you avoid sin. Think about that very first sin. Eve noticed the forbidden tree was good for food and a delight to the eyes. Did you know that is actually said about every tree in the garden? (Look in Genesis 2:9 for yourself). If she had just eaten from the trees God had given her to eat she would have had all she needed. But she didn’t look ahead to what happens to those who sin. When you have friends that act like you’re missing out because you don’t go along with their sinful fun, just remind them you can have just as much fun obeying God without the fear of later consequences. Don’t envy sinners no matter how hard they try to get you to.

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