As you can imagine, David’s defeat against Goliath put him on the map. People suddenly knew his name and much to King Saul’s frustration, he became very popular.
1 Samuel 18:6-8 – When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”
This left Saul reeling. How dare the people of his kingdom worship David higher than himself? The shepherd boy with no military or life experience other than tending his sheep! Verse 9 says that Saul kept a jealous eye on David from then on.
Have you ever found yourself frustrated by someone else’s success?
If I’m honest, I get envious of published authors. Their storylines, well-refined characters and frustratingly perfect choice of words. The fact that they have editors at their fingertips, and a publisher who shelves their hard work in well-known bookstores. Sadness bubbles when I flick through their five-star reviews, wondering if anyone would ever like what I publish one day.
It’s only when I come back to God and lift up to Him what feels like a tiring and frustrating dream that I have a much needed reality check.
Are you doing it for them or for Me? Do you trust My timing?
Usually jealousy starts off as a small seed. When left unresolved, that small seed can grow into an uncontainable wildflower – a timely and costly pain to weed out.
Unfortunately it seems as though Saul never got round to weeding. He unsuccessfully attempted to kill David twice, forgetting that the Lord was with him (1 Sam 18:10-12). When he couldn’t stand to have David around any longer, he promoted him to be a general and sent him away, hoping that he would be killed off at battle. Again, he forgot that the Lord was with the shepherd boy.
Saul ruined his remaining time on the throne, and his life for that matter, being consumed with jealousy for David. He allowed the praise of David to become the demise of his own confidence. He let what he wanted to hear being sung about him drive him away from who God was calling him to be. He had already been anointed as king but he had become blinded to his own worth because of his jealousy towards David.
Why would you want to live your life with a backpack full of offences when you could be putting energy towards who you would be if you weren’t offended?
Don’t let a one-time offence cause you a lifetime of pain.