Finding Hope in Surprising Places around You

The Judean Wilderness illustrates the greener grass we envy.

Why does the grass often look greener in the lawn of those who don’t walk with God? Finding hope to look away from envy’s pull on our emotions requires help. Thankfully, God gives it in surprising places.

Finding Hope in Surprising Places around You

(Photo: Grass in the Judean Wilderness. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

By pointing to the land around him, David offers us the secret of finding hope for those seasons when we envy the wicked. The Judean Wilderness sprouts a beautiful green carpet in later winter, but its grass vanishes with the heat of the sun.

David draws from his days as a shepherd in this wilderness and offers an essential lesson in finding hope:

Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart. —Psalm 37:1–4

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus likely referred to David’s confidence that “the humble will inherit the land” (v. 11; Matthew 5:5)—a reminder that the Kingdom of God holds for us all that we desire. Finding hope in our certain future keeps us focused when envy knocks.

How essential we take the long view of life and refuse to take shortcuts that deliver longterm regrets.

Tell me what you think: What helps you find hope with the long view in mind during moments of envy? To leave a comment, just click here.

Learning How to Multiply [Podcast]

2 Timothy 2:1-10

As a Christian, why are you on the planet? To multiply.

Through the illustrations of a soldier, an athlete, a farmer, and Jesus, we learn that our purpose in multiplying disciples comes through discipline, hard work, and single-mindedness. A believer should live life with the goal of multiplying his or her faith to the next generation of believers.

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2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

You’ve probably heard the argument: “Oh you can’t believe the Bible. It’s full of errors and contradictions. Besides, how can it be God’s Word when it’s written by fallible men?” Is the Bible Really God’s Word?

If the Bible isn’t God’s Word, we have no basis to answer any other questions. In fact, existence has no answers. But if God has truly spoken, what implications does that give?