Jealousy is an ugly beast that we are warned to keep our distance from it. There are so many horrible things that happen because of jealousy and we need to be careful to not let it take root in our hearts. It is hard; however, when we are working hard and we see someone rising to the top so much easier or seeming to have the perfect life. But don't forget, we really do not know what it is like to be in someone else's shoes and what may seem perfect can be a life full of great pain or difficulty. This morning I am looking at Rachel's jealousy of Leah and her sons. Please read Genesis 30:1-24.
Verse one reminds us that Rachel wasn't able to have children and she became jealous of her sister. I want to stop right there and think back on some facts that I observed earlier in the week. Laban tricked Jacob after seven years of work and gave him Leah even though he loved Rachel. But Jacob agreed to work for another seven years so he could have Rachel. Jacob was so deeply in love with Rachel that he was willing to work for Laban for fourteen years. Jacob never asked for Leah and she was unloved by him and she knew it. God saw her pain and gave her four sons, which brought out the monster of jealousy in Rachel. Rachel was the one that Jacob desired; she was the one he loved. But she forgot that in her misery of having no children and became jealous. The following verses show us how Rachel and Leah competed with one another by having children through their servants and eventually each having children on their own.
It is important to remember that God loves each and every one of us and He blesses each and every one of us in different ways. God knows what each one of us needs and remembering that truth can allow us to concentrate on our relationship with Him rather than looking at what other people have. If we focus on how God blessed someone with something and become jealous, we will lose sight of everything He has given us. But it is hard when we see people around us with the very thing that we desire, such as a child. But remember, God wants us to desire Him more than anything in the world. When we seek God with all our heart, it guards us from the jealousy that wants to stir up our hearts.
Is God your number one desire?
This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday and the Grace Cafe.