Jealousy

Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. At that time Saul was in Gibeah, sitting under the tamarisk tree at the high place. His spear was in his hand, and all his servants were standing around him. 1 Samuel 22:6 HCSB

Have you ever wished you could be like someone else who might be physically attractive, smart, or in a position of power? Or maybe you do not like someone because he got the job or position you desired. Jealousy of others will drive us to unusual thoughts and actions.

Saul was jealous of David. In Saul’s mind David was better looking, a better soldier, a better leader, and was more popular and well-liked by the people than himself. His jealousy caused him to seek out David to kill him. Saul was consumed with his own selfish desires and his desire to kill David because he thought David was trying to kill him in order to become king. David was on the run trying to hide from Saul. So paranoid was Saul that he had his spear in his hand and was prepared for battle even though his servants were all standing around him.

Challenge: Of whom are you jealous? Be the person God has created you to be and do not allow your jealousy to cause you to have evil thoughts that might bring you to take actions that you would later regret. Remember to pray for and love your enemies just as Jesus commanded.

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