Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).
King Saul was the King of Israel. David was in his army and beginning to build a reputation as a great warrior. One day when David came back from a battle the people danced and sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” “Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?”
This statement caused something to snap in King Saul. From this point on Saul was never the leader God intended him to be. He allowed insecurity to drive his every decision. Insecurity leads to the need to control people and circumstance out of fear. Control leads to anger once we realize we are unable to control the circumstance. King Saul could not accept, much less rejoice, over the success of David. David’s life would never be the same because Saul sought to kill David every chance he had. Saul had a choice. He could have seen David as an up and coming general in his army that could have become an important part of his team and made the kingdom of Israel even stronger. Instead, he looked at him as a threat.
When you hear good news about a fellow worker or associate, do you rejoice with them? If you find yourself comparing your life’s circumstances to others and don’t feel you measure up, this is one of Satan’s greatest ploys is to destroy you. I have seen the attempted overthrow of organizations and the stealing of intellectual property to serve personal interests. I sympathize and empathize with such brothers and sisters. The church must move on. What they did not know is I was in ministry and not church organization.
Christ has given you all things in Him. He has a unique plan for you that cannot be compared to another. He alone is our security. Trust in the purposes He has for your life. And remember, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory.” Phillippians 4:19
I encourage you to look ahead and thank God for what you have and know that every good gift comes from above. You may be able to replace someone but you cannot replace the character of that person. We have to be trained in the valley before we get on top of the mountain. (THE GOD OF THE VALLEY)