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Comparing and Coveting

Proverbs 23:18
Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day;
For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off.

What a good reminder. This chapter is filled with admonishions warning against comparisons and covetousness...do not desire the delicacies of a ruler or of a miser...do not over work to be rich...and this one. This proverb reminds me how short-sighted I am, focusing on the temporary instead of the eternal. One of the things I have appreciated about the "40 Days of Purpose" is it's focus on this life being preparation for eternity. This verse puts eternity front and center. It also reminds me what should be consuming me is passion for the Lord. It's so easy to waste emotional energy on things like comparing and coveting.

What a good warning. The way my devotional life as been in 2004 is that my reading in the Bible is a heads up to something I'll face later in the day. So I will be alert to guard my heart and to walk in the fear of the Lord.

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