Why do we sinfully compare? Because we have “become conceited.” But there is another reason: we envy because we doubt God’s goodness.
We decide that (fill in the blank) is good for us. We don’t have it. Someone else does. Therefore (we conclude) God is good to them and not good to us.
We doubt His love. Oh, maybe not His love in general—we would never say “God is not loving”—but we doubt that He loves us, really.
This is unequivocally NOT TRUE! God HAS BEEN and ALWAYS WILL BE good to us.
“For the Lord is good.” Ps. 100:5
“Yes, the Lord will give what is good.” Ps. 85:12
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28
“No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Ps. 84:11
The proof of His goodness is at the cross. The guarantee of his goodness is in the resurrection.
“He will do us good, real good, lasting good, only good, every good. He will make us good, and this is to do us good to the highest degree” insists Charles Spurgeon (HT: Julie Kauflin).
God’s priority is to make us good—which is our best good.
So think about it: this “good” that we lack and that someone else has is not a sign God has forgotten us or doesn’t care about us—just the opposite! It is an evidence of his goodness! It is an opportunity for us to learn to trust His ways, to understand His love more deeply, to grow in Christ-likeness.
It is, because He is, good!