Read and Meditate on 1 Samuel 18-24, 26-31
“Anger is cruel and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.’ Proverbs 27:4 NLT
After David killed Goliath, all of Israel was rejoicing over this great victory. It was common for people to celebrate this victory with song and dance. Saul was happy over the victory, but not so much the response the people were giving to David. Jealousy set in the moment he heard women singing “Saul has slain thousands, and David his ten thousands.” 1 Samuel 18:7, it was in that moment that ‘Saul eyed David from that day forward’ verse 9.
Jealousy is a very destructive and dangerous feeling that can develop into anger, wrath, and envy. It often begins with an innocent ‘comparing’ of two things, and can drive the most level headed person to make unruly and illogical decisions. Jealousy is a sin, and sin separates us from God.
The more Saul was jealous over the praise they gave David, the more he sought to kill him. Repeatedly, David had opportunity to kill Saul, but we read he gave grace and let him live. Hoping Saul would leave him alone, David again and again let him live to be free from the blood of the anointed King.
Throughout this period, David inquired of the Lord and sought God on what next step he was to take.
The Bible is clear to us that the enemy of our soul is Satan himself. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” John 10:10a
Satan will pursue us like Saul, to disarm us and make us unfruitful Christians. However, Jesus said, “I have come that YOU may have life, and that YOU may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b. Learning from David, you too can inquire of the Lord, and give Him access to your heart, that He can lead you in triumph.
Fast & Prayer Challenge: Ask the Lord to unveil satan’s schemes to steal, kill and destroy your life. “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” James 4:7-8
Pray for those who may be your enemy today. Pray that you can confidently “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who spitefully use you and persecute you” Matthew 5:44
Pray the Lord shows you if you have been comparing yourself to others, and seek repentance. Personally keep your spirit in check with judgmental behavior, and seek the Lord to bring to light any jealousy in your heart.
Fast from all forms of media that plant envy or jealousy in your heart. Use that time to seek the heart of the Lord and study the scriptures. Perhaps complete a word study on jealousy or the antonym of that word, which means to be satisfied.
Take Action: If there is someone you are jealous of and it has affected your relationship, ask the Lord for courage and ask for forgiveness.
Take a walk with the Lord and enjoy the beauty of His creation and be satisfied in His presence.