Do Not Envy Wicked Men

Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble (Proverbs 24:1-2)

It is not that difficult for many of us to be envious of people who don’t do right, but seem to get away with it.  In fact, it often appears they are having lots of fun and don’t seem to be bothered by their behavior or suffer from their choices. 

So, it is not unreasonable that Solomon would remind us that it is a very bad idea to get too enamored with these people or their lifestyles – as inviting as they may appear.  The reason is because their bad ideas and inappropriate words will eventually create unfortunate situations which will finally take them down.

Here at Helping Up Mission, many of the guys in my classes were the evil men of these verses.  They were living large and others wanted to be with them and like them.  These were the guys from whom momma said to stay away. 

And to no one’s surprise (least of all, momma’s), the high-flying fast times did not last for any of them.  Their bad ideas and inappropriate words finally took them down and many are even fortunate to still be alive today.  But, by God’s grace, here they are – and now they are advising others to stay away from guys who act just like they used to do!    

One Man at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Deputy Director