Insignificance of It All


2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:2-3

Immediately after writing about being “pure in heart,” Asaph writes about his slight falling away. What is this falling away he has? He admitted to doing something that we all occasionally fall prey to: envying the prosperous ways of the wicked.

The next few verses lays out why Asaph envied them, and we’ll discuss those briefly over the course of the next few days.

Last week I spent a week in the Monterey California area on vacation. I said often that we “had nothing to do and all day to do it.” We drove up and down the coast, oohing and aahing the kazillion dollar homes overlooking the ocean, window shopping the fine art galleries, and trying to steer clear from hitting all the luxury cars in the area.

The other memorable thiing we did was to lay on the beach and soak up the sun. I recall picking up a handful of sand, and wondering how many grains of sand there were in the entire world. I even thought of taking a pinch of sand, counting the grains under a microscope and trying to multiply that by the miles acres of sand on that beach, the number of similar beaches in the world, and come up with an approximate number of grains of sand in the world. then as i looked out into the ocean, I remember thinking how many trillions of gallons there must be just in the part of the ocean I was viewing. Long story short: there are a lot of grains of sand and gallons of water in this world. And there we were sitting on the sand looking at the ocean.

How “insignificant” are we really? Then as I recalled the people who live in the super fancy multi-million dollar homes, they are but one step up from insignificant when compared to the vastness of the views they have!

So, why do we envy the prosperous again?


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