Don't Let Envy Decide Your End

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Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked." Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction. — Daniel 6:6-9

So these Persian officials are pretty crafty. They know they have limited power, but they are cunning enough to understand how to use the law to their advantage. So they concoct a plan to create an irrevocable law that competes with Daniel's religious beliefs yet plays to the king's ego at the same time. And it's all born out of sheer envy. And the drama of this plan is pretty complex. A lot of things have to happen for their plan to work. First, they must find many like-minded officials who don't like Daniel and form an alliance. Second, they must figure out how to use the legal system to entrap Daniel. Third, they have to persuade the king to write it into law.

But for me, the ironic part of their plan is the punishment they decide — being cast into a den of lions, which by the way, (spoiler alert) is a punishment that they are determining for themselves. Laughable!

So here's the lesson. Don't let your envy decide your end. Envy led to alliances, planning, laws, and injunctions. And the problem with man's envy is that as it evolves, it will become so selfish and arrogant that we might miss that our subsequent actions are becoming an effort against God. This is what the Persian officials failed to see. Their envy was not a legal move against Daniel. It was a legal injunction established against God. And thus, God intervened.

Fellas, maybe today is a day to confess your envy. Acknowledge the jealousy you have labored over and replayed in your mind too many times. Don't let the enemy gain a foothold that results in behaviors and actions that pit you against God. Confess it before it's too late.

ASK THIS: What envy do you need to confess?

DO THIS: Confess it in the comments below.

PRAY THIS: God, forgive me for my envious spirit.

PLAY THIS: Jealous Jealousy.

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10 thoughts on “Don’t Let Envy Decide Your End

  1. Mike says:

    I am envious of those whom joy and love comes so naturally, easily and freely. My wife has left me mostly because I am unable to get out of self and extend an affectionate loving countenance. If feels like it always has to be a conscious effort to be affectionate.
    God help me to receive your love fully for me to give it freely.

  2. David Josker says:

    I envy folks who always know the right thing to say. God, forgive me for my envious spirit.
    Amen

  3. Jason says:

    I am so thankful I am a child of the living God! I do envy others that speak well, but I put my trust in Christ and am working on paying attention to the tension and bringing it before the Lord when making decisions.

  4. Paul says:

    Like the brother earlier mentioned, I am envious of those that seem so much more grounded and unflappable in their faith and spiritual walk. My path seems to be constantly filled with snare traps and pitfalls and roadblocks.

  5. Dave says:

    The only thing I can think of that I envy is how close to God others around me are. My mind is fried after these past weeks. Please help me to understand any envy in my life and confess them.

  6. Tom F. Sr. says:

    Thanks Pastor Vince! Keep bringing Truth! To be all that we can for God and His kingdom on earth, we must first thank Him for who He’s made us to be, and who we are in Him. In these we can hold fast and rejoice!

  7. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I envy men who seem to be going through times of peace and happiness with their spouse because both my wife and myself have started new jobs, within a month or two of each other. I RE-started a job I took a hiatus from to be a full time stay at home dad, while she changed jobs entirely. She also gets to telecommute some of the days of the week now, but that’s actually more difficult for her because then she’s close to home and wants to spend time with the kids. NO ONE in my house seems to properly respect the fact that I am working from home and keeps trying to ask me to do things around the house while I am on the clock and ACTIVELY working or talking on the phone with either of my 2 bosses. These are the reasons I am envious of men whose marriage seems to be in a less stressful season. I love my wife and have been married for 16 years, hoping to stay married as long as we are both alive, God willing, and I pray that God gives me the patience I need to make it through this season of change in myself and my wife’s marriage. Amen.

  8. Scott says:

    We should always look at our motive before taking action and see if it’s from a pure heart or is it out of envy or jealousy. Then adjust our hearts based on God’s truth.

  9. Marty says:

    If we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive. Last week I made a list of sins from scripture, then asked the Lord to walk through those with me. I didnt realize how tight of a grip envy had on me. After a few days of prayer, and looking for practical ways to confront (complimenting the person I was envious of), the grip of this sin in my life has lessened.
    I search of clean hands and a pure heart.

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