Sometimes I have an idea in mind all week for my Sunday morning post.
This is not one of those weeks. I don’t have heartburn about anything. I don’t have any soapbox messages. It’s been a pretty good week, actually, with incremental progress being made in a few areas.
When this happens, I usually turn to Proverbs. Today is the 27th of October, so I’m reading the 27th chapter of Proverbs. And the verses I chose are right at the beginning of the chapter: v. 3-4.
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
None of us is able to carry such a heavy stone. It would crush anyone who tried to get under it.
Sand is used in bags to help hold back a flood. Wet sand is very heavy, and hard to handle.
But what is worse? The anger of a foolish person. Their anger is overwhelming because it is uncontrolled, and no one can bear to carry it.
In our wrath, we can be cruel and not care. In our anger, our behavior can be ridiculous, embarrassing, outrageous.
But the worst thing of all is envy. Jealousy. The green-eyed monster.
Why is it so awful? Well, that’s because it goes beyond wanting what we don’t have; it goes beyond wanting what someone else has. It becomes hatred of the person who has what you want, and it poisons every thought, every moment of the day.
Jealousy has destroyed marriages, ruined friendships, caused strife between family members; it has destroyed churches because one person wants the power and position that someone else has been given.
Jealousy is ugly.
Jealousy is sinful. God knew how serious it would be. He included it in the “thou shalt nots” in Exodus 20:17.
Dear Father, please show me if there is jealousy in my heart, and cleanse it from me; forgive me for the envy that can take me by surprise.