1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
It’s so easy to look at others lives and compare our own. To wonder why they seem to be so blessed when they don’t even go to church or sometimes even believe in God. God tells us not to worry about these people and what they do. He doesn’t mean to not care about the people, we are still expected to be a witness, but not to concern ourselves with what rewards they get. Theirs is temporal, meaning it will last only while they are here on earth, and sometimes not for very long. Their reward will die away, leaving them with nothing.
He tells us that we are to continue doing good, doing right. Do not waiver and think that you should move in the same direction as someone else who seems to be getting along better than you. Trust in the Lord, lean into Him and He will reward you with the desires of your heart and with rewards that will last for eternity.
When I speak about rewards and eternity, perhaps you are thinking about things that we will receive in Heaven only, but that is not our only rewards. God wants us to have a full life. Remember Jesus came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. This isn’t saved for just when we get to Heaven! We are meant to have full, abundant lives right here on earth!
So simply, this comes down to: Do not envy, don’t be jealous, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. You are a divine and unique creation. There is no one like you and there is no measuring stick on earth to compare yourself to. Our measuring stick is Jesus and the Word of God. We must just keep following what we know to be good and true, God is faithful.
Don’t give up! Keep on keeping on! Be persistant and faithful!