Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 62)
Rooting Out Envy*
Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
But who is able to stand before jealousy?
Proverbs 27:4 (NKJV)**
Envy is rottenness to the bones.
Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV)
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
James 3:16 (NKJV)
Proverbs 27:4 seems to say that as bad as anger and wrath may be, jealousy is a more destructive force. Consider one scholar's explanation:
'Envy is worse... 1) Because it is more unjust and unreasonable, as not being caused by any provocation, as wrath and anger are; but proceeding from mere malignity of mind, whereby a man is grieved for another man's happiness, in which he ought to rejoice; 2) Because it is more deeply rooted and implacable, whereas the other passions are commonly allayed; and, 3) Because it is more secret and undiscernible, and therefore the mischievous effects of it are hardly avoidable' (Benson Commentary on Proverbs 27:4).**
In other words, envy is an unseen, undeserved, devious, deeply-rooted and rotten-to-the-core malevolence. Blows from unknown assailants hit men hard.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Pray on the armor of God daily. The Lord's invisible protection covers you against envy's attacks. Because 'The spirit of jealousy' (Numbers 5:30) is a demon best fought by the Lord.
At the same time, don't become jealous of the talents, beauty or success you witness in other performers. If you're tempted to comparisons and your heart gets this greenish sickness, cast down evil imaginations with the Word and power of God.
Recall what Jesus said to Peter, when Peter attempted to compare his future path to John's future path: 'What is that to you? You follow Me' (John 21:22). Jesus pulled the root before it grew.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC 2-Part Devotion series, Envy: http://amtcdevotions.org/envy-part-1
* Previous AMTC Devotion, The Up Side Of Jealousy: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-up-side-of-jealousy
** Link to various commentaries on Proverbs 27:4: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/proverbs/27-4.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.