JEALOUSY MAKES YOU NASTY
| 29 May 2013 |
JEALOUSY MAKES YOU NASTY
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: 1 Samuel 18:1-9
*Saul Becomes Jealous of David*
*18 *After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the
king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan
loved David. *2 *From that day on Saul kept David with him and
wouldn’t let him return home. *3 *And Jonathan made a solemn pact
with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. *4 *Jonathan
sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David,
together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.
*5 *Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So
Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was
welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike.
*6 *When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David
had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out
to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and
*]* *7 *This was their song:
“Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands!”
*8 *This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They
credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next
they’ll be making him their king!” *9 *So from that time on Saul
kept a jealous eye on David.
It’s one of the things we are taught from a young age: “jealousy
makes you nasty”. Well, yes, I suppose it does, but what it really
does it robs you of perspective. It takes your focus off the ways God
has blessed you, and makes you bitter about the blessing of others.
To be jealous, is to say: “God, what you have given me is not
enough”. It is possibly one of the greatest insults to God who has
given His very best for us.
Saul experienced it. He was the king, yet he became jealous of his
servant David because the people seemed to approve more of him. His
insecurity lead him to take his eyes off all he had achieved and focus
rather on the achievements of David.
A CALL TO ACTION
There is never a good reason to be jealous, because there’s never a
good reason to be ungrateful for all God has given you and done for
you. Whether it’s physical appearances, the gifts you’ve been
given, your financial status or even the people in your life – they
are all a blessing from God, not to be compared to others. If you have
been struggling with jealousy, stop it! Begin to thank God for His
blessing on your life. It’s hard to be jealous while you’re being
A PRAYER TO PRAY
Lord thank you for the many ways you have blessed me. Please forgive
me for the times I have been ungrateful and been jealous of other
people. Help me to only focus on your blessing in my life, and not
compare myself to others. Amen.
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