Have you ever been jealous of what somebody had? Have you ever wanted a position someone was in? Have you looked at somebody more successful than you and wanted their success?
Sure you have, we all have. How do we keep jealousy and coveting from becoming a part of us? How do we overcome that spirit? Let’s look at King David.
2 Samuel 12:7
“Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are that man! The Lord the God of Israel, says I anointed you King of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.”
See David had everything, and yet he looked at another man’s wife and wanted her. (Go back and read chapter 11) He wanted what he didn’t have, so he took what was not his. Then when Bathsheba got pregnant he had her husband killed, covered it up and now we see the prophet Nathan confronting David. (Sounds like a good movie)
Look what God tells David, “…And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.”
All David needed to do was ask.
“At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you used My name. You haven’t done this before. ASK, using My name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”
To ward off a spirit of jealously all we have to do is ask God.
For example, when you see somebody with a new car and you begin to feel jealous, stop and ask God for a new car. As you ask God He might tell you to do a few things. You might have to redo your budget or take on a second job. David had to win wars to get the kingdoms. God gave him victory but he still had to fight a battle. He still had to do something. He had some blood, sweat and tears invested in what God gave him. You may decide you don’t really want a new car, you are content with what you have.
Another example is you see somebody in a position you want. Ask God for a promotion, for a new position. God might lead you to take some classes, read some books or get some training. He will stretch your capacity to get you ready for the new position you have asked for. You may decide you don’t want to do the work and you are content right where you are.
As you look at people that are successful you might be tempted to be jealous. Ask yourself this question, “am I willing to do the work they have done to get to where they are?” If your answer is yes, then get to work and then God can open doors to get you what you have asked for. If your answer is no, then rejoice when good things happen to other people and be content with what you have and where you are in life.
Every time I tell God I would like to write a book, He tells me get to work. They say if you want to write a book someday you should write something everyday, even if it is a blog or a devotional. Am I writing everyday? I have found some good resources to read on writing a book, am I reading them? I think sometimes I am waiting for somebody to just walk up to me and ask me to write a book and they will publish it for me. Poof! Just like that. No, if I really want to write a book I have some things I need to do. I can ask God all day long for a book but He’s already told me what to do to get me started. If I don’t do those things do I really want to write a book? And if I don’t really want to write a book how can I allow myself to be jealous of somebody else?
So when you feel a little jealous, instead of letting it grow use it as a catalyst to see if it is something you really want.
Here’s a great exercise. Write down the things that tend to cause you to be jealous. Then ask yourself, do I really want this? Am I willing to do what needs to be done? If yes, then:
1. Ask God for it, in Jesus Name.
2. Get to work.
3. Rejoice when good things happen to other people.
Just being real,