Thursday May 31
I Samuel 18
Jealousy is such a dangerous emotion because it consumes you. It makes you irrational, it makes you extremely volatile, and it opens you up to the torment of the enemy. Just look how it affected Saul. David had served him faithfully without any hint of rebellion or seeking his own fame. He did whatever Saul asked him to do and he did it well. Too well for Saul’s liking. As jealousy set in, Saul goes from getting the most out of David’s service to trying to kill him. David has been Saul’s most valuable asset protecting the kingdom and defeating the Philistines and now he wants him dead. And he has wild swings as the jealousy hits him. He goes straight from prophesying to throwing spears. He even attempts to kill his own son Jonathan (ch 20) for speaking on David’s behalf. Jealousy will make you go out of your mind and do things rashly that you will greatly regret later. Proverbs 27:4 says “anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” It’s a dangerous thing to allow access to your heart and it’s a dangerous thing to face in another. In both situations the weapon to use against jealousy is humility. A humble heart will keep jealousy from gaining a foothold in your life and keep you from being drawn into conflict with another.