Once I said something to a preacher which shocked him. He asked me, “Who preaches for you when you are away from your church?”

I told him, “Most of the time, it’s my assistants. Sometimes, I’ll bring other preachers in.”

“You really do? You use your assistants?”

I wasn’t sure where he was taking the conversation, so I said, “Is there something wrong with that?”

“No, it’s refreshing! Where I used to assistant pastor, they never used me once, because they were afraid that I might take the church over.”

Friends, jealousy will ruin us. It keeps us from helping others reach their full potential, and it makes us fearful of their success. We can’t allow it to have a place in our lives. Precious time is wasted worrying about whether someone else is going to get our job or be more popular than us. We’re not in charge of what happens in our lives or theirs, but God is, and He wants us to trust Him.

Take this quick jealousy test—Are you worried about losing something important to you because of somebody else? Maybe you feel your popularity, talents, or your position at church or work is being threatened by another person. Let me tell you how to deal with your feelings—remember God is in charge. Nothing can happen to you unless He allows it. Will you trust Him with the things you’re anxious about today?

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder