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JEALOUSY

 1 Samuel 18:8-9 “8 Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, ‘They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?’ 9 Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

 BEWARE OF ITS TRAP

 Saul liked all the attention.  After all, he was the anointed King of Israel, the first king.  He should be the one getting all the praise.  So, when David began getting all the attention, Saul couldn’t stand it.  Jealousy began to build up.

The young boy who had been chosen to play the harp to calm Saul became the object of suspicion.  The young man who had killed Goliath became a challenger to the throne.  David was getting what Saul wanted – the love of the people.  Verse 9 says, “Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.”  The word “suspicion” means Saul tried to find some iniquity or fault in David.  But he couldn’t.

TEACHING MOMENT

As parents, we need to watch out for that evil monster of jealousy in our kids.  Siblings can show it against each other.  Children can show it against their friends.  They want what the other person has.  And it begins.  Jealousy leads to evil actions.  It is never good when it is directed against others.

If we are not careful our children can allow this jealousy to control their every action.  They will even, like Saul, try to find some “dirt” on the other person to expose.  Then they will appear better than that person.  Little Johnny doesn’t get picked to be on a ball team, so he decides to trash someone who did.  Little Susie likes a boy who likes someone else, so she decides to spread rumors about the girl.

Don’t allow this.  Stop it quickly.  And don’t show signs of jealousy in your life.  You know what I mean.  Even we adults get jealous when we see someone else getting something we want.  Confess that now!  Give that to the Lord.

Lord, I confess to You now any spirit of jealousy that comes on me.  Lord, I want to be content with whatever You choose to bless me with.  You know exactly what I need and can handle.  Thank You, Father.

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