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Are you unlike Saul?

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So Samuel said to him, "The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, [who is] better than you. 1 Samuel 15:28 NKJV

Saul had it all. Good looks, height, charm, and leadership ability. He was chosen by God, touched by His Spirit, and given the opportunity to be Israel’s first and greatest king.

When Saul’s own insistent disobedience against the Lord dashed any opportunity for an enduring dynasty, however, jealous bitterness began to brew in the king’s heart. Jealousy ate at Saul’s tormented mind. Like a man unhinged, he was driven to chase David in the wilderness, bent on destroying the man God had chosen as his replacement.

In his jealous rage, Saul eventually viewed his own soldiers as conspirators against his happiness and saw God’s priests as traitors. His jealousy mushroomed into a terrible cloud of destruction. Saul murdered hundreds of innocent people but never caught David. In the end, Saul fell victim to his own sword.

Years later, David’s son Solomon wrote, “Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous” (Proverbs 27:4 NLT).

Prayer: Lord, You want me to abhor jealousy and flee from it. You know the jealousy in my heart. I forsake it today.
Yes, sometimes I am jealous of those who are healthier than I, but the Lord gives me strength enough for the day, so I dont complain, but the jealousy is there a bit. It is best to flee from it.