Jealousy is like a nasty virus that tries to take over your life and if you’re not careful, it will. Some good friends of ours bought a home, very beautiful and they had the money for it, moved in it and are lovin’ life. Hubby and I have yet to buy a home and it looks as if it will take several miracles from Heaven to give us one!
Yet, I remember one morning in a weekly prayer meeting, God said He has a house for us. That was a some years ago and still no house but you know God doesn’t move in our own time.
Meanwhile, I have to rejoice with our friends that they have what I desire to have. They decorated their home so beautifully and while they were sharing their photos, I got jealous for a hot second! I asked myself why I had gotten into debt for the second time and why I didn’t make better financial decisions. Yeah, I was having a pity party and I was the only guest at the party!
Truth telling, sometimes God blesses someone close to us or not with the very thing we’ve been praying for just to show us our reaction. If we can’t rejoice with others’ miracles, it’s more likely we’re not ready to receive what the very blessing they have that we want.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. – Romans 12:15 (NIV)
We must always go to God thankful. And envy is one of those emotions that we have to squash right away the moment we feel it coming on. If left unchecked, it can quickly turn to hate. And the person who we’re jealous of has no idea what’s going on, because it’s all in our head. Jealously can dampen relationships if not confessed to The Lord.
I knew I could not dwell on those thoughts long for Satan would then be able to plant all kinds of condemning thoughts at me. So, we didn’t do right by my finances years ago, we can change it now. The decisions we make now is what matters. We can appreciate and humbly thank God everyday that we don’t live on the streets under some bridge. We can also obey God in everything He commands of us and reap the benefits He lovingly gives.
Bottom line is, God doesn’t need my good credit, bad credit, no credit or somewhere-in-between credit to bless us! And when He does, I’ll want to share my blessing with others too. And I pray that no one will feel jealous of me at that time, because what God does for another, He can do it for you and me!