“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter…” (1Sam 17:28-30)
David’s three older brothers were soldiers in Saul’s army. Eliab was the oldest. When he saw David talking with other soldiers in the camp, he became very angry. He then insulted David, blaming him unfairly to be irresponsible, proud and wicked. He said that David was looking for entertainment coming to ‘watch the battle’. ‘What battle’- you may ask? For forty days Goliath was bullying all of them and they trembled like leaves in the wind.
Just few days earlier God rejected Elaib as the possible king of Israel. He looked good but his heart was bad. His rejection was confirmed when in the presence of father Jesses and all his other sons, David, the youngest, was anointed as the new king of Israel. It is possible that from that moment he became jealous and bitter against David. Face to face with unjust accusation and jealousy, David did the right thing: He did not waste time quarreling with Eliab. He ‘turned away…’ and continued to do the right thing. Eventually, King Saul heard about him and called him to his tent. What his brother rejected, the king accepted. There is no better rebuke to jealousy than that.
Jealousy can kill. Jealousy was the reason why the religious leaders plotted against Jesus to kill Him. Reject this evil spirit from your heart! If God blessed and promotes you, the spirit of jealousy shall manifest in people close to you. It is very painful when men who are supposed to help and encourage you, persecute you for your faith. You have to detect this evil spirit of jealousy in others. You have to die to it and move on with your life. Men’s opinions are nothing compared with the truth, which is God’s opinion. That should be your desire, to please God and to fulfill your destiny. The following are some clear signs that others are jealous on you:
*A jealous man will warn, rebuke or insult you in public. By bringing you down he feels better. The truth is that we all need to be rebuked sometimes. But a true friend speaks the truth in love and rebukes you in private.
*A jealous man will gossip against you. Gossip is a classical sign of jealousy.
*A jealous man is oversensitive, easily angry and generally moody.
*A jealous man finds it hard to congratulate you.
May God help you to pass the test of overcoming jealousy!
In Christ I declare:
I refuse to be intimidated by jealous and bitter words!
I refuse to be jealous on any other person!
I am satisfied with God’s portion for my life!
I am happy when others are successful in ministry, giving all the glory to God!
If the devil likes it or not, I move on with my life!
God is on my side!
In Jesus name