Unless we are willing ‘to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,’ we should not covet the things they do or do not have within their possession. We do not know their full story with the behind the scene, intricate details of what had to have taken place and experienced in order to arrive at such a place in life. Everything often glitters like gold from an external perspective. However, the battle scars and internal wounds often go unnoticed.
We, also, must take into serious consideration the fact that it is quite possible that what someone else may or may not have is not what God has ordained for our lives. Each one of us was created with unique qualities and, therefore, we are given things of which our unique personalities and character are capable of maintaining responsibly. God created us and knows what we can and cannot handle. As a loving parent would do with their child, God withholds some things from one and give them to another because He knows what could possibly happen if He were to give us things we cannot handle (i.e. turn us away from Him, harm ourselves or others, etc.) (1 Sam. 8:5-8; 2 Sam. 11; 1 Kgs. 11:1-8; 2 Kgs. 17:7-41).
God knows and declares the end from the beginning (Is. 42:9; 46:9-11; 48:5-7). As our Father, God protects us from things that have the potential to cause more harm than pleasure. At the moment, we may not be able to see nor understand why He has either delayed or denied a certain thing…but He causes it to work out for our good in the end because we trust and love Him enough to walk away from our own fleshly desires to follow after what He desires for us (Rom. 8:28). Whatever He desires for us will always be right and it will always be good…#thinkonthesethings