DON’T ENVY WICKED MEN
”Be not thou envious against evil men” –
The unscrupulous man seems to have
many advantages. In business he lies his way to success, in associations he
bribes his way into prominence. He plays the game of life by his own rules, he
moves the goal-posts to score questionable points, he always fouls on the blind
side of the referee, and gets away with it. He bulldozes his pernicious path to
the detriment of others. He is evil: but it seems to pay. At least so his
Mercedes seems to say, and his fat cigar signals ”Amen” to it.
ENVY NOT. Why not? First
because, believe it or not, the world is built on moral principles, and sooner
or later he will receive his come-uppance. You cannot defy God’s laws and get
away with it: ”God is not mocked. Secondly, because no man can be truly happy
who is evil? Behind the facade of bravado and bluff is bitterness. Whatever
enjoyment he seems to have is superficial, material and ephemeral. ‘thirdly, to
make him your companion is to become tainted with deceit and acts destructive
of character. Personal integrity is too great a price to pay for friendship
with such an ethically corrupt man.
FRET NOT: But we do get
exasperated at the apparent success of the law-defying person. He seems to have
it all, while we honest law-abiders and God-fearers appear to miss so much. His
black-market off-the lorry goods give him quick and cheap profit. His sneer at
morality is irksome to those who try to be honest. But don’t get too upset. He
has no future, for God will snuff his candle. He will find himself in the gloom
of a forsaken man.
Nay, more. when his earthly tenure
is ended he has nowhere to go. Or rather, while the upright godly man “dwells
in the House of the Lord forever”, he languishes in the darkness of Hades -
without hope, without comfort, without God. He lived for self, he is left to
himself – forever.
May I be content with Thy will for me, now