While reading the story of David’s famous victory over the Giant, Goliath in 1 Samuel 18, I just couldn’t help but feel a little bad for Saul.
He was a victim of comparison.
The women, while celebrating, compared David’s victory over Saul’s. This sparked jealousy on Saul’s part. People used to sing about his achievements and now, they are not. They are singing someone else’s achievement and worse than that, compared him to the new guy.
It is a major warning for people. I know Saul shouldn’t have felt that way, but we will talk about that later.
The warning against comparison
Never compare without the intent of improvement. In business, we compare our company to other companies of the same field so we know how to improve. In real life, you can only compare if you are set for improvement. If not, it could lead to anger.
Just like what happened to Saul.
From comparison to Saul’s jealousy then into anger which reached its peak to the point of killing David.
-When we start comparing, we don’t know how far the effect on people could get. We don’t know how they would respond. If we are not cautious, we might add unwanted ‘coal’ to the dangerous fire that is currently starting in a person.
May God’s comfort be upon us at times we have experienced being compared to and it stayed in us to the point that we are already doing measures to get even or put another person down.
May we get a good grasp of God’s promises and always be reminded that God loves us and that he has great things in store for us.
If anger has started in us, may the peace of God which transcends all understanding wrap us. Assured that God is working through and in me, may his love overflow through me and to others.