TOPIC: God Is Jealous for You
“For I the Lord your God, am a jealous God” – Exodus 20:4
Jealousy. It’s something I’ve been guilty of in my past. I have found myself often repenting for being jealous. Jealous of what others have. Jealous that others are seemingly advancing in their career while I’m sitting idle. Jealous of others’ perfect relationships they tend to display on a regular basis.
This human jealousy can easily turn into hostility and negative gossip. We may look on social media at other’s women’s lives, and although it is just a highlight reel, never depicting the whole story, sometimes we find ourselves envious.
Many of the women we read about in the Bible also struggled with jealousy. These God-fearing women had to deal with similar feelings we deal with today. Hannah longed for a child and was provoked by Peninnah, who could bear children while Hannah was barren (1 Samuel 1:2-8). Likewise, Rachel and Leah bickered out of jealousy over love from their husband (Genesis 30:15). Similarly, Sarah was cruel to Hagar and jealous of her fruitfulness in bearing a son to Abraham (Genesis 16:5-6).
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As women who are in Christ, we are to focus on honoring and praising God, and not dwell on what we don’t have or what others do have. Colossians 3:9 reminds us to “set our mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” What a great Scripture to help us eliminate our tendency to become jealous by constantly fixing our focus on things above.