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Don't envy when you see the wicked prospering

Posted Friday, May 25, 2012, at 11:21 AM

Undeserved Goodness

"Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

(Psalm 37:3-4, AMP)

To "do good" is to do that which is right in the sight of the Lord, regardless of the circumstance or situation. Most people do good only when they feel something good will be done for them in return. As Christians, we should not be concerned with living a life that is"tit for tat." We should be people that rely and trust in the Lord to vindicate us and justify us. Believers should walk in a way that is morally honorable, pleasing to God, and beneficial. God's standards should take preeminence in all things; this includes every decision making process of our lives. Christians are to cleave to this standard of living.

Furthermore, we need to understand that God's petitions take supremacy even while dealing with Governmental authorities and human affairs. We can only bear good fruit in our society and our personal lives when we are willing to do that which is good in the sight of the Lord. I have seen people cheat on their taxes, lie on their resumes, withhold the tithe and then wonder why calamity falls on their finances or job situation. It's simply because God cannot bless that which was birthed out of deceit. Bad fruit cannot bear good fruit and neither can good fruit bear bad fruit (Matthew 7:18).

To trust in God means to be assured of a safe place with Him. When we trust in Him we can have the confidence that He will make every provision for us, both spiritually and naturally. That is His promise to us. Trust that He will do beyond what our human strength cannot. Don't envy when you see the wicked prospering for it will be short-lived but a humble Christ-like man or woman can trust that they will be secure in all of God's covenant blessings. His promises include peace, blessings, provision, and redemption. Yes, even through the miseries of this earth, God's covenant is unconditional and He will keep His promises.

Whenever possible, use your sphere of influence to do good to others. It doesn't matter if they deserve it or not. After all, God doesn't give us what we deserve. "While we were yet still sinners, the Messiah, the Anointed One died for us." (Romans 5:8).

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .

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