In 1 Samuel 18, Saul goes ballistic, throwing his spear at David. And you know the rest of the story. He ends up stalking the innocent David, consulting a witch at Endor, and beheaded on Mt. Gilboa.
And it happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. And the women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.” Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” And Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on. Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand. And Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” (1 Samuel 18:6-11)
The space Shuttle Challenger, strapped to a 536,000 gallon fuel tank, went ballistic back in January of 1986. A faulty joint seal caused a tiny fuel leak, resulting in ignition and conflagration.
Beware of jealousy. Let the misery Saul brought on himself remind us what a fuel of self-destruction every human heart contains, and that no sin is more likely to touch off that fuel than the disposition of envy, jealousy, and revenge.
One outburst in the church kitchen can cause the entire congregation to burst into a fireball. One nursed resentment can result in a man’s or woman’s previously stellar reputation going up in flames.
“Don’t give the devil a place” (Ephesians 4:27), not even a tiny leak. We Christians must be as careful to watch our passions as NASA must be to inspect its joint seals. Don’t even “let the sun go down” (4:26) without a sincere search and repair.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way (Psalm 139:23-24).
Mark Chanski Reformed Baptist Church of Holland