It can have elements of money. It can have elements of relationships – we can be jealous of others families, or friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, spouses, whatever. We can be jealous of other’s jobs, or success or reputation, or a million different things that can plague us with jealousy.
We can be jealous of spiritual things. Churches. Ministry. Gifts. Lots of things. Today, in Numbers 11: 28-30, we see Moses be tempted with jealousy:
Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.
Moses was the prophet for the people at this time, he was the one that the Lord spoke through. Now here are these others, that are beginning to prophecy and Joshua gets jealousy for him. He says, make them stop, that’s your job. You’re the prophet not them! It’s not right, you are the one that God speaks through.
Joshua loved Moses and respected Moses and was jealous for him. We can all understand that. But Moses didn’t play along in that same way. Moses understood.
What mattered wasn’t him or his pride, it was God being at work. So Moses, instead of getting jealous, focused upon how great it would be if all God’s people had that gift.
He wasn’t worried about himself, he was worried about what God could in people and through people.
Jealousy isn’t just about earthy things it can also be about spiritual things. We as believers can be jealous of others. We as preachers can be jealous of other preachers. We as churches can be jealous of other churches.
You want to battle jealousy in your life? Take the focus off yourself, and place it upon God. When we are looking at others and comparing them to ourselves, we will always be lacking or jealous. When we focus on God and what He wants, we see that I have what I have for purpose and so do you.
And I’m not going to worry about me, or you, or any of this. I’m going to focus on God. And He’ll take care of us.
The key to jealousy is our focus. Where is our focus today?
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