by Rev Joel Yong
Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of envy- and sometimes when we see evil men seemingly succeed- we wonder if it pays off to follow the godly path.
Solomon writes here that we should not envy them nor even desire their company, for evil men plot violence and invoke trouble with their words.
He knew full well the evil that men do – another half-brother in the family, Amnon, raped his half-sister Tamar! And seemingly got away with it – until Absalom murdered him.
In addition, his father David had to quell a coup from his half-brother Absalom. Absalom seemingly triumphed for a brief moment. But Absalom eventually died in the failed coup.
Evil never triumphs and Solomon knew that fully well.
The next time we cast envious looks at evil men who seem to get ahead in life – let’s tell ourselves that 70-80 years on earth is a short time compared to Eternity.
We reap what we sow. Let us sow good seeds then.