Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?”
1 Samuel 20:1
Saul had slowly become highly insecure. Ever since David had strolled out of his tent after defeating Goliath, the people had praised the brave, new warrior. The women of the city had danced and sung, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Instead of being happy for Israel's might warrior, Saul was furious.
This lowly shepherd boy had stepped into history and struck down the army of Israel's greatest foe with a single stone. As the sweet smell of victory filled the air, a seed of desperation and greed was planted in the heart of Saul. Saul concluded that David had already won the hearts of the people and that he was one step away from stealing the thrown itself. After all, Samuel the prophet had told Saul that he had been rejected by God as King of Israel. Perhaps God had chosen someone to take his throne.
From that day forward, Saul contrived to destroy David.
David, even in his youth, was a brave warrior. He desired no office, worked the humblest of jobs, and had an unwavering trust in God. As he had heard the taunts of Goliath that fateful day he exclaimed, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” As if to say, “Who is this gnat that annoys almighty God and his people.” He honored king Saul, became best friends with Saul's son Jonathan, and followed any order asked of him.
By the time the events in the verse above occurs, Saul's jealous, selfish behavior had run its full course and climaxed with a personal attempt to take David's life.
What does our jealousy cost others? What does it cost us? As seen in Saul's life, jealousy feeds on the accomplishments and success of its target. Left unchecked, it can become very destructive. At first it may come through as a small slight to the affected, then grows into gossip, and is followed by slander. Relationships can be easily destroyed and the real danger is that it is hard to see jealousy in oneself.
If our jealously does not grow, it gives birth to greed which captures our attentions and robs us of our vitality. Instead of growing jealous you may just realize that you do not want to be like your target, but you would like to have what they have all the same. Once a heart is captured by the allure, the desire may not overtake you immediately. Greed, when fostered slowly, is very potent.
For example, how many breadwinners ever started work with the intention to support his or her family, but would not stop overworking and pay attention to family because the “money was just too good.”
How much of my life has been wasted by striving after desires that make absolutely no positive impact for anybody but to satiate my own avarice.
May the God that helped David defeat a giant assist us in conquering our jealousy and greed.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”