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JEALOUS
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Monday, May 02, 2022

Envy

Genesis 26:16”Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us."

As you allow ‘envy’ to grow and take root in you then the next thing that happens is insecurity, fear and angst, which are dangerous, are you listening?

When Isaac was blessed and started getting prosperous and more prosperous, we see that Abimelech got scared and insecure, so he told Isaac, ‘go away’. This is insecurity! Beware! An energetic, smart and young woman taught math for our students of Abide School, the free school that we run for the poor, she was highly educated and brilliant, after a few months, her co-sister who recently got married joined our school as well, both were talented and they enjoyed working together. However, something happened that shattered their unity, when the in-laws celebrated the co-sister’s birthday very grandly and lavishly the senior daughter-in-law got upset because they did not do that for her. She came and cried to me and from that day onwards, she stopped talking to her co-sister, they stopped coming to school together, her work deteriorated and she fell into depression with anger, self-pity and deep hatred for her co-sister. She felt insecure and afraid of her position in her family! Did you see that? I gave her a Bible, counseled her, prayed for her but nothing worked and she finally left the job. Very sad. This is what envy would do a person, caveat! The Bible says: Proverbs 27:4”Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?

When someone younger than you, less experienced and less talented is put as your supervisor, the situation is not normal, it breaks your heart and bites into your pride and dignity, this is height of humiliation; however, we got to handle such situations (which we have to face in our life at some point or the other) prayerfully. Do not allow the enemy to plant seeds of hatred, jealousy and bitterness in you, feel secure in Christ who would never fail to bless you, are you listening? Also submit to God to take you through whatever path that has been allotted for you with grace and patience so that you learn the necessary lessons during the journey of your life.

I remember watching an animation movie about two sisters, the movie starts with them being very pally, buddy-buddy and happy; however, somewhere in-between the elder sister becomes jealous of the younger sister and then they become like vicious enemies.  Towards the end of the movie, the younger sister says ‘sorry’, for which the elder sister says, ‘if only we had been humble with each other, we could have avoided all this bitterness and unhappiness.” It was hard to see what ‘envy’ can do to the family and disrupt peace, I am sure someone out there will agree with me.

When Bishop T.D.Jakes was training in his gym suddenly there was a heavy sound and one portion of the gym was ripped apart and blown up because of a bomb that was placed there.  Everyone were shocked and alarmed at this incident; however, Bishop’s life was saved by the grace of God because he was not in the place where the bomb was planted.  After investigation they found that a group who were jealous of Bishop’s success and prosperity plotted this heinous crime. Pray and get into the umbrella of God’s protection and do not give room for envy, God bless you!

 


 

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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