Joyce Meyer – The Pain of Envy

In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord. The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram.

— Psalm 106:16-17 (NIV)

The world is filled with trouble, and not one of us can avoid it. Just think of the people who are sick, or parents whose children have terrible diseases, or people who need jobs and don’t have them. There is enough trouble in the world without causing trouble for ourselves, which is exactly what we do when we envy other people.

God gives each of us what He knows we can handle. Although His decisions may not always seem fair to us, we should remember that He does not make mistakes. He knows what He is doing, and we should trust Him in that.

If God doesn’t choose you for something you want, the best course of action is to be happy for the person He did choose and know that He will promote you at the right time. Being jealous or envious doesn’t change God’s mind; it only makes you miserable. So be content with what you have and stay happy.

Prayer of the Day: Father, help me to be content with what You have given me and not ever to be jealous or envious of others, amen.

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