The Jealousy Virus

The king [Saul] then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod. He also put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep. from 1 Samuel 22

Saul has just discovered that a priest in the town of Nob has helped David. David came there asking for food and a spare weapon and the priest, Ahimelek helps him out. When this is reported to Saul, he goes nuts. He has the entire town slaughtered. Saul is so jealous and enraged that his actions don’t line up with reality. David was a loyal commander in Saul’s army, his son’s best friend, and his daughter’s husband. David never lifted a finger against Saul. But Saul has let jealousy overtake him.

Now I haven’t tried to kill anyone, and so at first glance, I might think, “Saul is crazy here…I am glad I am not like that…” But I think there are more layers to this story. Here we see how jealousy can blind us and make us choose things outside of God’s best for us. Saul was king, with a great life, and he choose out of all the joy that came with that, to become a madman.

Like most women my age, I am IN LOVE with Pinterest. I just adore the artsy pictures, millions of recipes, and more craft ideas than I could ever do in my lifetime…all at the touch of my finger. And I adore organization, so the fact that I can sort things on there and everything slides across the page in neat little columns…Sigh…

But, I have begun to notice a downside to all this…The more I spend staring into other people’s beautiful homes the more I can feel jealousy creep into my heart. I begin to feel a little discontent with the amazing home God has gifted me with. That’s how jealousy works, it creeps in, takes over, and slowly destroys all the joy that God has for you.

God, Thank you for all that I have right now. Thank you for your mercy, and your grace. Thank you that you always take care of me. Thank you that you are my provider. May I not spend my evening wishing for a better life, would I instead be content and joyful for what you have given me today.

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