ave you ever been a victim of the green-eyed monster? The green-eyed monster is jealousy. Back in the time of Abraham, his servant Eliezer could have been very jealous! We can read about it in this Bible verse:
“But Abram replied, ‘O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth.’” (Genesis 15:2)
You remember the story of Abram or Abraham? Abraham was a man full of faith. He believed in God and followed Him carefully. God made Abraham a promise that one day He would be the father of many nations. For years, Abraham and Sarah still had no children. Abraham believed in God, but he decided to make his own plans anyway.
Abraham must have liked his servant Eliezer very much. Eliezer must have been a good, strong man of God. Out of all the people that he knew, Abraham decided that when he died, he would leave everything he had to Eliezer. I can only imagine the pride Eliezer must have felt. Out of all the servants, his master chose him—Eliezer—to be his heir.
But God had other plans. When Abraham and Sarah were very old, God fulfilled His promise. God never forgets His promises! Abraham and Sarah finally had a son of their own. And their baby, Isaac, became Abraham’s heir.
The Bible doesn’t tell us how Eliezer felt. I might have been jealous of the baby. This new baby would inherit everything now, and Eliezer would never get any of Abraham’s wealth. I can only imagine how he felt, but I don’t think that Eliezer was jealous. Abraham chose Eliezer because he was a good man. So Eliezer must have understood that God had a purpose for this baby. And he was right—God did have a plan for Isaac.
You can trust God and know that His way is best. Even when it looks like you have every good reason to be jealous, don’t be, and make it a wonderful day—a new day with Jesus!
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