Jealousy is a poison that ever so quietly takes over our emotions, hardens our hearts, and paralyzes our minds. There is not a living soul who does not immediately know what jealousy “feels” like. Jealousy transcends race, culture, ethnicity, socio-economics, and IQ levels. Jealousy roams the halls of schools, major corporations, locker rooms, churches, and homes. Jealousy can sprout and sink its roots into young and old alike. Jealousy is as old as humanity.
Saul and the armies of Israel were in a pickle. They were facing the Philistines with their MVP and All-World warrior, Goliath. Israel didn’t have one soldier who was brave enough to go toe-to-toe with the behemoth spear slinger. Then along came David. He was just a kid, but he possessed a warrior’s heart and an unflinching faith in God. David singlehandedly brought the giant to his knees and defeated the Philistines.
David wanted nothing more than to be a servant to King Saul, but when the crowds welcomed the army home and Saul heard them praising David’s heroics…the seed of jealousy sprouted and begin to grow like Jack and the Beanstalks solitary bean.
The adoring crowd that welcomed the troops home danced and sang in the streets. Samuel tells us, “As they danced, they sang: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.’” (1 Samuel 18:7 NIV) In the very next verse we learn that it angered Saul like crazy. Saul immediately thought that David would try to take his kingdom from him. Then, in 1 Samuel 18:9, we read, “So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.” (1 Samuel 18:9 NLT)
Jealousy takes our eye off of God and fixates on the one for whom we are jealous. We can’t focus on the opportunities before us if we are jealous. We can’t enjoy the life God has given us if we are jealous. We can’t serve and bless those the Lord has placed in our life if we are jealous. Jealousy turned a genuine friend into a hated enemy for Saul and I’m afraid jealousy is still robbing folks today. We need to fix our eyes on the Lord and all that He has given to us instead of fixating on those around us and all that we think we lack.
1 Samuel 18:9