Saul's Jealous Eye
Posted: Thursday, May 16
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
Verse of the day:
“So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. The very next day a tormenting spirit from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave in his house like a madman…” (1 Samuel 18:9-10)
Saul struggled with insecurity. All throughout his story we see instances of his insecurity popping up and motivating him to make bad decisions. This account from his life is no different. Saul and David were on their way back after a successfully defeating the Philistines. It was an exciting day for the people of Israel and they were celebrating as the troops made their way home. The women sang and danced in the streets to greet them. They sang, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This didn’t sit well with Saul. This made him very insecure and very jealous. The Bible says that after this moment Saul always looked at David through the lens of being jealous. It’s no coincidence that the next day this tormenting spirit overwhelms him.
Jealously clouds our vision. It robs us of our joy and causes bitterness to take its place. Jealousy causes us to begin to rot from the inside out. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.”
If you find yourself struggling with jealousy here are a few practical steps to overcome it.
1. Choose not to compete. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. (Psalm 139:14) When you feel insecurity or jealousy welling up within you choose to stop competing with that person in your mind. God has created you with immense value, gifts and talents. He wants you to be the best you that you can be and not competing to be like someone else.
2. Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful for your opportunities, your finances, your friends, your family, your appearance, your gifts and talents. Everything good that you have is from God. (James 1:17) When we are thankful for what we have we are less focused on what we don’t have or what someone else has.
3. Pray blessings over others. (Numbers 6:24-26) When you feel yourself becoming jealous of someone else one of the best ways to weed this out is by praying blessings over them. Pray that God would bless them, that God would use them, that good things would happen to them. Praying changes our attitude.
4. Rejoice in others’ success. When we choose to not compete and we choose to pray blessings over others it makes it a lot easier to rejoice when they are blessed. It is good for the heart to rejoice in other’s successes.