By Sylvia Stewart
Today's Scripture: I Samuel 18:9-10
Central Thought: Jealousy is acid to my soul.
'Jealousy is to the soul what sickness is to the body,” someone has said. The root of jealousy is pride; our pride is offended by someone else's success, and jealousy springs up in our hearts.
King Saul liked David well enough until the women of Israel began to sing of David's success, comparing it with Saul's. 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul failed to remember that he himself sent David into battle with Goliath. David's success should have been Saul's success too, except that Saul allowed jealousy to cloud his eye, his mind, and his spirit.
It is interesting to note that the moment King Saul allowed jealousy to rule his heart, the Spirit of the Lord departed from him. God's anointing cannot abide in a jealous heart. Even though at other times Saul prophesied before the Lord, his spirit was never again as in tune with God.
God anointed another, David, to reign in his stead. It had been God's intention that Israel's monarchy would remain in Saul's family. However, when jealousy entered the scene, God removed His anointing from Saul's family and placed it on David and his descendants. Eventually, Saul and his heir Jonathan were killed together in battle. The fallout of a jealous eye is immense.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, hedge my spirit with Your presence to keep out pride and jealousy.
Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 18:5-19:24; John 8:31-59; Psalm 112:1-10; Proverbs 15:12-14