Today’s reading is Proverbs 24:1-18.
This week saw the unraveling of the reputation and career of a successful Hollywood mogul named Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein used his influence to take advantage of and assault multiple women. He is not the only man to have done this kind of thing. Other wealthy and famous men have committed these sins and so have plenty of guys who are neither famous nor wealthy.
Because of his success, however, Weinstein (and others--entrepreneurs, politicians, athletes, entertainers) was envied. Many people wanted to be like him or to run in his circles of influence. Proverbs 24:1-2, however, warns us against that: “Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.”
Be careful about who you admire, who you pattern your life after, and who you want to know or become. Visible success is attractive, but wickedness is destructive. It is much wiser to fear the Lord than to envy the wicked.