1 Samuel 18:5-19:24 John 8:31-59 Psalm 112:1-10 Proverbs 15:12-14
Verse of the day:
So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. (1 Samuel 18:9 NLT)
Jealousy is anger when someone else gets affection or praise that I think belongs to me. Jealousy is not always wrong because God is referred to as a jealous God in Exodus 34. He’s jealous in the sense that he wants all of our love and worship and if we give our love and worship to something or someone else He gets angry because He alone is deserving.
Jealousy, however, is often not good and it often crosses over into sin. Jealousy is sinful when there is no basis for the jealousy; when we desire affection and honor that were never ours in the first place. Jealousy is also sinful when it is out of proportion to the degree of the offense, which is the case here with Saul and David.
David had just defeated Goliath and the women welcomed David and Saul back by singing…“Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” It was probably in poor taste for the women to be singing this type of song yet it should have been a minor offense that could have been overlooked. But instead this is the beginning of Saul’s mistrust of David and it drives him to attempt to take David’s life time and again.
Jealousy is ultimately a lack of trust in God that He will meet your needs. So if we are going to get victory over the jealous feelings we all will experience it needs to begin by nurturing our trust in God. God is in control and He knows what we need. He’s always faithful to supply our needs.
Additionally, I personally find it helpful to make it a practice to celebrate the successes of others, even when it appears that their successes are outpacing my own. Congratulate them, like their status and thank God for his blessing on their life. Jealousy is bound to come into each of our lives but with God’s help it can be kept in check.