“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
Jealousy can eat you up! This monster may change our thought processes to bitterness, negativism, and even self-destruction. In his book, It Came From Within, Andy Stanley wrote, “Jealousy is just a manifestation of the fact that you aren’t getting what you want. What complicates things is that your dissatisfaction gets reflected of of those around you. But these people are not the source of the problem any more than the moon is a source of light–they’re just reflecting back at you what has originated in your heart.”
In the Bible, the book of 1 Samuel portrays the tension that developed between king Saul and his servant David, because Saul was jealous of David’s political triumphs. Saul spent a great deal of time in pursuit of David to the point where Saul was seeking David’s life. He was consumed with jealousy until he finally realized that God Himself anointed David as the next king of Israel. When Saul finally saw David’s goodness and integrity, he repented of his evil heart.
So, how can we fight off this evil monster of jealousy? It begins by looking in the mirror. Ask God to forgive us for thinking that He owes us something. After all, isn’t that the root of jealousy? Aren’t we angry at God because He didn’t give us what we want—fame, good looks, power, or any other obsession that we are dealing with? We have to realize that the promises of God to His children are not about wants, but needs. He gives us everything we need, including the sacrifice of His Son, so that we can be forgiven in Christ.
Thank God for how we are made—flaws and all, because God can turn weaknesses into strengths. If we are unsatisfied with our lot, He will not be able to use us to encourage others. Let’s look beyond ourselves, for we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) (Judy Whittaker)