Posts Tagged ‘envy

08
Sep
13

Cheer up, we will understand it all by and by

In my younger years I used to love strumming the guitar and sing simple songs (I wasn’t very good at all). One of the first songs I learned how to play became one my favorite songs due to its message. Over the years when I led a fellowship or meeting I many times had everyone sing this song because it was simple, short and encouraging.

Recently I was amazed to find out there are MANY verses to this song instead of the first verse and refrain I had heard all my life. Once I saw the complete song, I knew I would have to blog about it because some of the verses are truly awesome. Without further ado, may I present to you, the complete song “Farther Along”.

1. Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long;
While there are others living about us,
Never molested, though in the wrong.
o Refrain:
Farther along we’ll know more about it,
Farther along we’ll understand why;
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We’ll understand it all by and by.
2. Sometimes I wonder why I must suffer,
Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow,
When there are many living in comfort,
Giving no heed to all I can do.
3. Tempted and tried, how often we question
Why we must suffer year after year,
Being accused by those of our loved ones,
E’en though we’ve walked in God’s holy fear.
4. Often when death has taken our loved ones,
Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
Then do we wonder why others prosper,
Living so wicked year after year.
5. “Faithful till death,” saith our loving Master;
Short is our time to labor and wait;
Then will our toiling seem to be nothing,
When we shall pass the heavenly gate.
6. Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior,
Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky;
Then we will meet those gone on before us,
Then we shall know and understand why.

There are several contradictory claims for the authorship of this song. The words and music are frequently attributed to W. B. Stevens, although others have attributed the words to W. A. Fletcher

If there is anyone out there who has never had these questions come up in their mind, I wonder how much of a stand for God is really being made. Anyone who boldly proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithfully stands firm in that Gospel SHALL suffer persecution, affliction and tribulation, many times while watching people who despise God seemingly live the “perfect life”.

Unless we live for more than what this life has to offer, we will spend much of this life in misery, jealous of others success and questioning our very faith. We live, stand and speak God’s Word not for the physical rewards in this life but rather because God says to do it with the hope that farther along we will understand why.

I pray that having these words to this simple song handy can bring you comfort during times of distress, joy during times of sorrow and confidence during times of uncertainty. Always remember that just because we don’t understand the whys and the wherefores of things today doesn’t mean we won’t have an epiphany tomorrow. Cheer up my brothers and sisters and live in the sunshine for God has assured us that we will understand it all by and by.

10
Jun
13

The three-headed monster of envy, lust and jealousy

I was reading this morning about the uptick in brutal killings in Papua New Guinea. This backwards country that is heavily influenced by black magic and other primitive forms of evil has seen a rise in attacks on people who have broken free from generational bondage and taken on normal lives with jobs and permanent housing. Evidently those who do not have such “luxuries” are offended by this and take it upon themselves to destroy those who have what they want but don’t have.

Once again I am struck by the reality that the vast majority of people in this world have no clue what prosperity, stability and civilized behavior mean. Locked in cultures rife with anger and feeding upon every vile and barbaric tendency in man, these people have nothing to live for outside of self preservation and/or fulfilling the base lusts of their heart.

Starting with Cain and continuing unto this day, people who do not know or love God resort to violence when confronted with either envy or jealousy in their lives. If someone wants what another has, they simply steal it or kill the person to get it. If someone is jealous, they simply get rid of the person they believe is trying to steal something they love.

Envy has always been known as the “green eyed monster” because it arouses in people a motivation that many times ends in a violent attempt to get what they want. Jealously is very similar to envy except it specifically refers to the perceived belief someone is trying to steal something deeply loved and cherished. Both of these things are dangerous and lead to hideous crimes especially when mixed with hatred or desire for absolute power.

Envy for what is not yours, lust for what you want and jealously that someone is trying to steal what is yours all add fuel to the fire of anger that erupts in violence many times. Obviously, these three things are not only undesirable traits in a Christian, they are specifically singled out by God in both the Old and New Testaments as things that absolutely must be avoided and corrected in a person’s life.

What could possibly motivate a person to violently attack another person without provocation? More times than not, the motivations are envy, lust or jealousy. These “passions of infamy” turn people into monsters who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Without question, things like envy, lust and jealousy must be eliminated in a Christian’s mind and heart because they hold the potential to harm others. One of the reasons God gives such specific instructions in Ephesians 4 about stealing is that simple stealing leads to envy and lust which usually end up violently hurting someone.

Envy, covetousness, lust, greed, jealousy etc are all things that must be rooted out and eliminated in our lives. There is absolutely no place for these destructive things within the Body of Christ. Love dictates that we never allow ourselves to fall prey to the vicious attributes of the enemy but rather rebuke them in the name of Jesus Christ and instead put on the new man which is created in righteousness and true holiness.