For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: – Exodus 34:14
When you think about the word jealous, what do you think? You probably think of a man or woman who gets upset because his or her spouse or date shows too much attention to someone of the other gender. Maybe you think about how a sibling might get frustrated over the attention that their brother or sister receives. These are correct scenarios; however, do you ever think about God being jealous?
When I looked up the word jealous in Webster’s 1828 dictionary, I found that it means “suspicious to defend the honor of; concerned of the character of.” I think about 2 Corinthians 11:2: For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
God rightfully experiences jealousy when we pay no heed to him and follow our own path. We have a tendency to replace His place in our lives with other activities and other things. Most of the time, it is pure carelessness! We don’t intentionally say, “I am going to spend less time with God today and more time watching TV.” (Well, most of us don’t). Nevertheless, our actions speak louder than our words and thoughts.
I know we want to define God as love. Most of the world likes to leave it at that. What people choose to ignore, or neglect, is that with that kind of love comes jealousy. I mean, think about it. He created us, He gave His only begotten Son for our sins (John 3:16), and He pours everything into us to bring Him honor and glory. The Lord takes care of our every need and many wants. How could He not get jealous when we spend more time on Facebook, Pinterest, and other computer networking sites? How could He not grow jealous when we would rather watch movies and run around town with friends than go to His House to hear His Word preached? Praise the Lord that I have a Father who loves me enough to be jealous!
Think it over a minute. If the Lord didn’t care what we did, wouldn’t that mean that He didn’t love us? Wouldn’t that mean He didn’t care? I think about the children in today’s world that mom and dad let them run loose unattended all hours of the day and night. The bus mom that told us nonchalantly (at 8:30 a.m.) that her kids left at 7:30 that morning, and she didn’t know where they were. She was not at all upset or worried. Do these parents truly love their kids? If they do, they need a lesson in love (which can be found in the Bible!).
My point is that we have a jealous God who wants our attention all the time, and I feel blessed by that! When we give it to Him, I guarantee He will bless. Let’s try it today! Let’s surrender our A-L-L today! 🙂