A friend asked, “Have you noticed that so many Christians seem to be discontented with their lot? That they envy the rest of the world, and maybe even resent a little having to live like Jesus?”
If this is true–and I know enough of my own heart to suspect it is–it’s not a new phenomenon. The condition has been with us from early on.
The malady was voiced perfectly by the Psalmist:
“I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:3).
You and I suspect the Psalmist may have been a bit too selective of the ungodly whom he chose to envy. But that’s how we do it, after all.
Envy is selective.
All around the Psalmist were wicked people living wretched lives, filling the jails, fighting and killing, fornicating and drinking themselves into early graves. Those people also are “the boastful” and “the wicked.” But he focuses on none of those.