Today’s Scripture: This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. James 3:15

Unable to turn over, twenty-six-year-old Jesse lay on his back, staring at the hospital room ceiling. On the other side of the dividing curtain lay Al, a retired fireman. Because Al was allowed to get out of bed once a day to drain his lungs, he would tell Jesse about the things he could see out his window.

Weeks passed. Jealousy began to creep into Jesse’s heart. “I want to have a window too,” he thought bitterly. Late one night, Al began choking on the fluid in his lungs.

Jesse did not hit the button to signal the nurse. Al choked to death within five minutes.

The next day, Jesse asked the nurse to move him to the other bed. There was no window. Al had told Jesse what he had “seen” every day just to cheer him up.

We often become blinded by jealousy. Our envy consumes us until we are no longer concerned for the well-being of the person of whom we are jealous. Rather than seeking to uplift that person in the Lord, we desire to see them fall to the ground. Envy fills our hearts with confusion and encourages the desire to do evil.

A young lady in your church is more gifted in playing the piano than you are. How do you respond? Your best friend earns a raise while you are still in your fourth month of being unemployed. Are you truly happy for him? Confess your feelings to the Lord. Don’t let your envy turn into deadly jealousy.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder