1 Samuel 18:5–19:24; John 8:31-59; Psalm 112:1-10; Proverbs 15:12-14
Saul’s Jealousy …. and Our Own
And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. – 1 Samuel 18:7-9;12
The jealousy that came over King Saul regarding David reminds me of this scripture:
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. – James 3:16
Jealousy allowed to grow in our hearts will lead to confusion and every evil work in our lives. It will eventually lead to death. It is like a weed that is not taken up by the root and destroyed. It looks to be gone, but in a very short time will come back up, and it will do so again and again. We must not feed it but confess it to the Father and ask Him to pull it out of our hearts as well as every evil that has accompanied grown along with it.
Help us, Lord! Help me and root out the jealousy in my heart and destroy it that it will not destroy me. In Jesus Name! Amen!!!
If God Were Your Father
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. – John 8:42-47
Regarding jealousy, I am reminded here that if we harbor jealousy, we have bought into the lies of the enemy and one of his schemes. He is the father of lies, and he will do anything to destroy your life. When he plants a seed of jealousy, it looks like an innocent thought, but soon it will fill your heart, and you will be unable to hear God’s Words over the lusts that jealousy breeds. Those lusts breed every evil. Jealousy is a lie!!! Jealousy is a lie!!! Jealousy is a lie!!! Don’t play around with it or entertain it. It is as deadly as drinking poison.
The Man that Feareth the Lord
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. – Psalm 112:1-4
Today as it regards jealousy, I want to be one that feareth the Lord and that hears and obeys His every commandment – not just the commandments that are obvious to others but all the commandments and today looking at the sins of the heart brought on by jealousy.
Heart that Seeketh Understanding
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness – Proverbs 15:14
Thank You, Lord, that when we seek, You give understanding and knowledge and help us to avoid feeding on foolishness. I confess that there are times I am jealous of others, and I ask You Holy Ghost to remind me always and quickly that jealousy is foolishness and a lie and it is not a little thing to Your heart or in Your eyes. I thank You for Your goodness and Your conviction that leads to repentance and leads to LIFE! Help me today, Lord, to follow You in every way every minute. I love You, and I ask these things in Jesus’ Name! Amen.