” For I was envious of the foolish and arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they suffer no violent pangs in their death, but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they smitten and plagued like other men. Therefore pride is about their necks like a chain; violence covers them like a garment ( like a long, luxurious robe ). Their eyes stand out with fatness, they have more than heart could wish; and the imaginations of their minds overflow ( with follies ). They scoff, and wickedly utter oppression; they speak loftily ( from on high, maliciously and blasphemously ). They set their mouths against and speak down from heaven, and their tongues swagger through the earth ( invading even heaven with blasphemy and smearing earth with slanders )…..And they say, How does God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High? – Psalm 73: 3 – 13
Please continue reading delightfully the Bible! This is Life, not a ” book ” of INSTRUCTIONS!!!
Joshua 1: 8 ” This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. “
The psalmist in the Psalm 73 was strongly tempted to envy the PROSPERITY OF THE WICKED; A common temptation, which has tried the graces of many Christians. But, he lays down the great principle by which he resolved to abide: It is the Goodness of God.
” And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, the Lord! the Lord! a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth, keeping mercy , and loving-kindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation. ” – Exodus 34: 6 – 7.
This is a truth which cannot be shaken. Good thoughts of God will fortify against Satan’s temptations. The faith even of strong believers may be sorely shaken, and ready to fail. From all this arose a strong temptation to cast off CHRISTIANITY: