Poisonous Emotion

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-16

David's life changes significantly after his slaying of Goliath. He is now in full-time service to Saul, and his success as a warrior is continuing. In fact, David's military accomplishments are so impressive that the people embrace David and publically praise him above Saul. "And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, 'Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands'" (vs. 7). As you might imagine, Saul is extremely unhappy about being in David's shadow, and the next thing we see is a jealous king who wants to get rid of his competition.

What did you notice and learn about jealousy from: Saul? David? The women? Tami

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In contrast to Saul's jealousy stands Jonathan's humility and covenant friendship. This, to me is the most impressive aspect of the passage. If anyone had a reason to be jealous of David, it was Jonathan--and yet, David never had a friend as loyal as him.

Your June 28th is helping me I hope. Please pray for me. I have had to have my left leg amputated. When I go with the church on outings I feel like the majority of them are ignoring me. I get help off the Church Bus and then I have to find someone to help me when I need someone. I love getting information from from you about God. It really hurts. I feel like staying home and watching Preachers on TV. That way I don not get my feelings hurt. Thank you for listening to me.
Sarah

Brian, That is a excellent and fresh thought for me considering Jonathan's attitude of friendship instead of jealously towards David.

Sarah, we will keep you in our prayers.
May God bring you a helper/friend to encourage your desire to go to church.

The women? I checked several commentaries and this is what I found from Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary the following:
"The Hebrew women, therefore, were merely paying the customary gratulations to David as the deliverer of their country, but they committed a great indiscretion by praising a subject at the expense of their sovereign."

Sarah,

Thanks for sharing your heart and asking for prayer. I just prayed for you. I specifically asked God to encourage you as you adjust to a new normal and that you would continue to seek His strength through His Word. Prayed for the people at your church too, that they would be sensitive to your feelings and needs and that a special friendship or two might develop there for you. I want to encourage you to keep going to church—especially when you don’t feel like it. Satan loves to use this tactic to keep us alone and discouraged. We were designed to function as a body and there’s just something special about getting out and being with other Christ-followers. And I can tell you from my own experience that every time I’ve gone to church feeling like I didn’t want to be there, God has met me right where I’m at in a mighty way, so that I’m leaving with a different attitude and perspective. Thought you might like this verse today. Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Hang in there, and remember that God loves you more than you can fathom! Tami

Tami, Thank you for the encouragement. I lost my leg in July 2012. I guess I am feeling now about the time I lost it. I am really doing good as I can. I have a prosthetic leg so I can go places I need to go. I trust the Precious Lord with all my heart and love Him so much. I feel like He is my best friend. People can be so hurtful so I feel like if I stay home I do not have to deal with them.
May I ask how Mr. Woodrow Kroll is? I have been with you since I watched the two of you on TV.
Thank you,
Sarah

Sarah,

God will get you through this difficult time. He is good—always. As for Dr. Kroll, he retired in 2012 and as of October of last year, I no longer work for Back to the Bible. So I’m not in frequent contact with Wood. However I did see him about a year ago and we are friends on Facebook. I believe he is doing well. I know he’s still traveling and speaking which he loves.

Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, including a good Sunday at church! Tami

Thank you for letting me know about Dr. Kroll. Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July. God Bless you. You are a wonderful lady. Sarah

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