Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 14 – 1 Samuel 21-24

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 1 Samuel 21-24. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word.

Have you ever found jealousy of another brewing in your heart? Maybe a sibling who made better grades, a co-worker that has the corner office, a neighbor who seems to purchase every new little toy, or a friend who things just seem to go good for? How did that Jealousy leave you feeling? Did your jealousy do anything positive for you?

Today we read about jealousy in the heart of Saul. He has heard the chants from the crowds … “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands,” (1 Samuel 18:7 NIV) from our reading yesterday. From there he begins to be jealous of David. Samuel has already told him that the throne will be taken from him, and David with his popularity seems like the likely candidate. So Saul wants David dead.

But what good did this jealousy do for Saul. It did none. However, it did drive him absolutely mad. It caused him to act in ways he normally would not. It caused him to be paranoid … killing the Priest for aiding David even when they were doing so out of kindness when David lied to them. It caused Saul to leave his nation vulnerable to attack while he chased David through the wilderness. Jealousy did nothing positive for Saul.

Jealousy will do nothing positive for you either. Do your best to strike it from your life. Do your best to be content with the blessing that God has given you. I bet if you find contentment you will double your happiness. No longer will you be chasing someone else’s dreams. No longer will you be trying to live up to others life styles. No longer will your heart long to be someone you are not. Go ahead, give up jealousy and try contentment.

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