There’s No Room for Jealousy

April 9, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Love does not envy.

-1 Corinthians 13:4

Moses was God’s chosen instrument to lead the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt. He was a prophet, leader, and saw the form of the Lord. Moses also had a brother and sister–Aaron and Miriam. Both Aaron and Miriam were gifted by God as well, each in his and her own unique way. However, both found themselves envious of their brother Moses.

Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he married (for he had married a Cushite woman). They said, “Does the Lord speak only through Moses? Does He not also speak through us?” And the Lord heard it. (Num. 12:1-2)

God wanted to set an example to all of us through Aaron and Miriam’s questioning of their brother, their hearts bent toward jealousy. He defended Moses and disciplined Aaron and Miriam.

Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “You three come out to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them went out. Then the Lord descended in a pillar of cloud, stood at the entrance to the tent, and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them came forward, He said:

“Listen to what I say:
If there is a prophet among you from the Lord,
I make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak with him in a dream.
Not so with My servant Moses;
he is faithful in all My household.
I speak with him directly,
openly, and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the Lord.

So why were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” The Lord’s anger burned against them, and He left. (Num. 12:4-9)

After the cloud departed from the tent, Miriam’s skin suddenly became diseased and white. Aaron looked at her and begged Moses not to hold their sin of jealousy against them. Moses, being the humble and merciful man he was, cried out to the Lord to heal Miriam’s skin disease. The Lord agreed after confining her outside the camp for seven days. The whole company of the Israelites waited for her until she could re-join them, then they moved on to their next location (see Num. 12:10-16).

Neither Aaron nor Miriam had any reason to be jealous of their brother. Aaron was chosen to be the first Levitical priest in the house of God, and Miriam was a leader among the women and a prophetess herself. So why did they become jealous?

The first step down the slippery slope of jealousy is comparison. When we start to look at what God is doing in the lives of others, then compare that with our own experiences, we can become jealous if we feel God is not treating us the same way. This is erroneous for several reasons. First, do we understand all that is going on behind the scenes in another person’s life? Can we come to a full conclusion about someone else by what we observe alone? Clearly we cannot. We have no idea what God knows about that person. We see very little about their lives, but God sees everything. Second, don’t we have enough to concern ourselves with in our own lives? Is any one of us able to say we have it all together? Then why would we waste any energy comparing ourselves with another person? Don’t we have enough to do in seeking God over our own lives?

The truth is this–“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8) and “There is no favoritism with God” (Rom. 2:11). We are to guard our hearts against comparing our walk with God with another person’s walk with God. We must guard our hearts against jealousy. God has created each one of us uniquely, with different gifts, skills, and abilities. Each of us who call on the name of Jesus have been set apart for His purposes, and we only find fulfillment when we walk in the unique plan God has for us personally.

When we see envy and jealousy in the light of truth, we realize the error of our ways. God loves each of us like a good father loves each of his children. We should be spending all our time seeking God with our whole hearts, leaving comparison and jealousy in the dust. God made you unique and there is no one else who can fulfill God’s purposes for your life on this earth. Turn away from comparison and seek God. Ask Him to help you fulfill every plan and purpose He has set for your life. You will be so glad you did.

By Courtney Silberman

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