ENVY TEARS THE FAMILY APART
(Num. 12:10, Job 5:2)
MEMORY VERSE: “For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.”. (Job:5:2 KJV).
By Doro Tom David
Satan’s primary objectives wherever he is found are to steal, kill and destroy. His passion is hatred, and envy is his rage. When he breathes his emotions into our soul and projects his evil imaginations into our minds through his demonic cohorts, our thoughts and desires are driven in the direction of fulfilling his objectives in our individual lives or a corporate body like the family. Almost always, we are blind to his schemes and we think those evil thoughts are from us, and we make them legit in our own eyes.
Scriptures and indeed classical and contemporary history are replete with examples of people who in the mind of others were thought to be unworthy but became the object of attention. This incites a lot of envy but nonetheless, “… God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians:1:27).
That is God’s character, and no one can question Him! When Moses was handpicked by God to be the deliverer of His people, it was against Hebraistic customs for the younger to be served by the older. Miriam and Aaron were Moses’ seniors by age, and God overlooked them to fulfil His purpose through the younger and He ordained them to serve him.
Their envy invited God’s wrath upon them (Num.12:1-10). This scriptural example is a lesson for us to avoid the dangers of envy. This example, however, shouldn’t in any way paint a tainted picture of God in the canvass of our imaginations because the immaculate character of God is revealed through the life of Jesus alone (and not through His prophets) and Jesus didn’t inflict sickness on his own people when they were envious, but it does show us that the Glory of God and His Kingdom are forcefully against envy. Just as God’s kingdom forbids any form of oppression, the power of God is demonstrated to destroy the bands of oppression (Luke 4:18); so it is with envy.
The revered family that produced Israel’s greatest exodus leaders was torn apart by envy. Envy is a work of the flesh (Gal. 5:21), and when we walk in the flesh, we are giving place to devil to perpetrate destructively in our lives and families (Eph 4:27). This also applies to the body of Christ which is the family of God’s children (Eph 3:15).
We must strive to stay clear off envy by having the right mental picture of ourselves, appreciating our uncontested uniqueness and acknowledging that as members of the same family, we are dependent on one another to fulfil our common goal.
Parents have the responsibility of giving themselves and their children a sense of importance and relevance through their words and actions, just as our Papa-God has given us assurance through His Word. His Word is not just a statement of fact but also a living force, full of action! This Word of His is given for a purpose; let’s reflect and meditate on the Word.
PRAYER: Father, open our minds to appreciate the riches of your wisdom in placing us in different families and for giving us different potentials and abilities. Help us to walk in unity to achieve your Grand purpose for our lives in Jesus’ Name. Amen.