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August 30, 2012

Jealous

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 6:25 pm

1 Samuel 18:7 And the women sang to one another as they celebrated,
“Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.”

8 And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?”

Saul was jealous of David.  He was jealous because he knew the kingdom would be taken away from him and his family and David was the new hero, the obvious threat.  He was also jealous because the people were ranking David’s achievements higher than his. It was jealousy born of insecurity and fear.  He was blinded to his reality: he was still king and he was still being credited with personal victory over thousands of enemies.  And David was being succesful at things that were of benefit to Saul.

When jealousy comes knocking at my mind there are a few things I can do to shut it out.  Firstly, I can thank You for what I do have, however it may compare to other people.  I am blessed – end of story.  Secondly, I can thank You for the way You’ve gifted other people and how those gifts enrich me.  Thirdly, I can make the most of what I have instead of complaining about what I don’t have.  Finally, I can ask for more and, as I show my faithfulness in the small things, You’ll trust me with bigger things.

All easy things to say but more difficult to put into practice.  Lord bring these thoughts back to mind when I need them most.

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