Many people are drawn to become Christians because they’ve heard “God so loved the world” or some other, reassuring Bible-verse. Not me. I was changed when I heard Proverbs 14:30: “Envy rots the bones.” I knew I was envious of my sister (who was having driving lessons at the time), and I knew if that was true, my bones must have well and truly rotted away. The preacher asked if we knew where we were going, and I didn’t. I couldn’t say for certain that if I died I would go to heaven, so as everybody else sang the last song, I sat and talked to God. I told Him I didn’t want to come to Him just out of fear of going to hell; that seemed weak to me, and I clearly felt Him say in my heart: “Come because I love you.” That happened in 1999, and my life’s never been the same since. I didn’t go home thinking I had to strive to stop being envious. There was just a conviction deep inside that it was wrong, and whenever I’m tempted to envy, I think back to that verse.
Others’ lives look very different to mine. Some have the ability to drive; some have jobs and their eyesight, but I’ve got things other people don’t have. Some single people living on their own don’t have any loved ones close by to spend time with, but I’ve got my parents living nearby, and Mum has become one of my best friends. I also have a church-family, and a few close friends I dearly love and respect.
There is an antidote to envy; it’s contentment. Have you met contented people? Do you enjoy being around them? These are the kind of people God wants us to be. We’ve looked at how God is three persons rolled into one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We’ve also seen there’s a marriage between God and His people. As His bride, this verse in Song of Solomon applies to us: “I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment” (Song of Solomon 8:10).
Jesus, let me be one who brings You contentment, today and always.