I don’t think I even have to ask whether you have ever envied someone. I am sure there are people you know and are in your church that you look at and wonder what have they done that they are so blessed, and why am I not as blessed as them? After all, I love the Lord, and I serve him to the best of my ability, I give to the poor, I support my church financially, and I live a good life. What more does God want from me to bless me like He has blessed them?
Envy, is in us all. It is because of the flesh. I heard a sermon recently where the guy said that we all live as though we are the centre of the universe. As soon as he said it, I thought “you know he is right”. We really always think about things from our own perspective before we think about the perspective of anyone else. So why would God then not bless us like xyz?
It really comes down to a few things. Firstly our definition of blessing is often based on our own perception of what it means to be blessed. Often we look at financial prosperity of someone else and we wonder why they have been so blessed while we struggle along. Then we look at how they live and we can see we are even better in most departments. We go to church more often, we serve the Lord better, and we are more committed and faithful! So why is it they get so blessed? Well, financial blessing is not always a direct link to God. God does not control exactly what every person gets paid. Often it is just luck, and sometimes it is because people have managed their money better than us. Perhaps they have struggles in other areas, such as wanting children and they can’t fall pregnant, or they have kids who are far from the Lord. Suddenly if I have to choose between my children walking with the Lord and me having less money verses being really wealthy while my kids do not serve the Lord, actually I don’t need the money.
Secondly blessing is also very temporal. Some of the richest people in the world have very little money and some of the poorest people in the world have vast fortunes. God blesses differently. Often God does bless financially, but our character is more important to God than our comfort. So God looks for character. When we are truly faithful in the small things, God can give us more to control. But family, health and relationships are where true blessing lies.
If you have a wonderful family, and have your health and you have a job and a bed to sleep in, then may I suggest you are more blessed than 95% of the people in the world, even if you are struggling to get by from month to month. Maybe you think that if you are a Christian, God will bless you financially every time?
If Christianity was a fast way to get wealthy, then people would come to God just for the money. God does bless, but the Bible says He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. God is interested in how we live and how we testify for Him. Money is important but when God has you, then he doesn’t care what money you have. Don’t think of blessing only in money terms. Thank God you have been blessed in many ways. That way you will not be full of envy.