Proverbs 24: King James Bible
Eternal Rewards – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty four, Verses 19-20
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked: 20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Eternal Rewards
It is easy for people to envy the wicked. They seem to have everything that one could ask for, at least that’s the appearance. Money, stuff, glorious houses, tons of fun, etc..
Not everyone who enjoys any or all of the above are wicked by the way. Assuming that people with much must be wicked or have sold out to the devil, is just as foolish as assuming that those who are poor or miserable must have sinned against the Lord to deserve such a life. We can’t be in the business of judging the hearts of others.
All that being said, you can judge a tree by its fruits, be it good or evil. In this case, judgement is only for precautionary or observatory reasons, as opposed to casting down judgement against someone.
It’s not easy to avoid having some sort of envy or covetous feelings or thoughts, particularly for those of us that are doing without to whatever degree. And it can be downright downcasting to the soul to feel as if you’re missing out on the good things in life.
For the born again believer, I believe that this is an issue that occurs when we haven’t got a clear view of Biblical priorities, and taking what the world tells us is important over the things that the Lord tells us is important. Sometimes even replacing what the Father tells us is good with things that go crosswise with the Word.
What we need to do our utmost to understand as Christians living in a fallen world under the weight of a wicked system, is that this is just a small tiny blip compared to what’s to come. All of this, everything we look at and see will either die away or burn.
Life seems like it is such a long time, until you look backward and wonder where all the time went! Dust in the wind is an understatement, when compared to the fullness of eternity. And it’s in that eternity, where our priorities should reside.
What we do here, will take effect (for the most part) when we get there. The wicked are already enjoying their reward. They have it already, and as the verse above tells us, that candle is going to fizzle out, along with all of the things they may have that causes for us to envy.
That new car is losing its value every day since it left the lot. That big beautiful estate is in constant need of care. Have you ever seen a building that was left to its own devices? What a shambles time and deterioration will create. Everything that is new and impressive will one day be in the trash heap.
Some brothers and sisters in the Lord have taken this to a different extreme, and supposes that because our reward is in Heaven, that we must be miserable while we’re here. That we must do without in order to please the Father, and be rewarded in Heaven for it.
Those who are the Lord’s and happen to have gone without, and successfully completed their race, will indeed receive rewards. But also, those who have plenty and are able to continue on without falling into worldly traps will also receive a reward.
The trick to being content either with or without, is to set your mind on the things that are above, and to remember that this place is just a temporary inconvenience, compared to what we’ve got to look forward to. And I praise God for that!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 16: King James Bible
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Luke 12: King James Bible
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Revelation 22: King James Bible
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Thank you for the verses above, and for all of the other great things you’ve included in your Word. Help us to better understand what’s ahead, and show us all a real and tangible method to keep our mind on all of the things that are important to you, and to set our minds on the things that are above. Through the worst and best of times, and all inbetween, help us to remember that we are still running a race that has a finish line at your Heavenly Throne Room. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you lived to pile up temporal rewards, and denied yourself opportunities to build up eternal rewards?
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