August 2, 2017
Read: 1 Samuel 18
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Scripture- 1 Samuel 18:28-29- When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and how much his daughter Michal loved him, Saul became even more afraid of him, and he remained David’s enemy for the rest of his life.
Observations- At every turn Saul became more and more threatened by David's success. His son, Jonathan, was David's best friend. The people of Israel were far more impressed by David's military exploits than by Saul's. Then his daughter, Michal, fell in love with David and married him. Saul hated David (and would seek to kill him many times) simply because he was good and others thought more highly of him.
Application- It's sad (even pathetic) that King Saul was so personally threatened by who David was and all that he did. When we give free rein to the power of resentment and envy in our lives, we truly unleash a green eyed monster that winds up destroying God's good work in us. King Solomon, David's son observed, "...most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind." (Ecclesiastes 4:4) It's impossible for us to cooperate with God in the process of sanctification if we cling to resentment and envy. They must die for God's good work to make a home in us.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for this warning through Saul about the dangers of envy and resentment. Help me to celebrate with those who rejoice when You are at work in and through them. Don't let me ever feel threatened by the successes of others, especially when they give You the glory. I will choose to humble myself before You and be grateful for others who serve You so well, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.
Blowing out the other person's candle won't make yours shine brighter,