“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” Prov. 14:30
Lord Jesus, what a contrast—a tranquil heart, or bone-rot. Hmm… which shall we choose? On-a-daily-basis, I can be discontent with many things, covetous of all kinds of stuff, and envious of people I don’t even know.
I don’t crave my neighbor’s ox or donkey, but I’d love to have their pain-free knees and 20/15-vision; their organizing skills and Yoga-stretch-flexibility. I don’t covet my neighbor’s male or female servant. But I’d love his/her ability to fix whatever breaks, intuit directions from anywhere, remember everything important, and sketch photo-like images.
But as convicting as this verse is, it’s much more consoling. Tranquility of heart is not a cruel tease, groundless myth, or something just reserved for heaven.
When I’m walking in Gospel-sanity and your Spirit, I realize all I really need is you, plus what you choose to give me. Help me (and my friends) do so, more often for longer stretches. A perfected heart is in our future, but a Gospel-heart can beat within us on this very May Thursday.
If we had everything we covet and want, it’d never be enough. Ingratitude is soul-cancer, comparison is peace-thievery, and envy is joy-sabotage. Be our portion, joy, and all, Lord Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your matchless and magnificent name.