Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God..
Often when we think of jealousy, we think of the sin nature of envy. Human jealousy often is the result of one person seeing something that someone else has, and becoming jealous because they want it. This leads to another heart problem. For example, let’s say a neighbor whom you have no quarrels with, buys a boat. You always wanted a boat, now that boat is flaunted in your sight and you begin to feel angry at the neighbor because they have a boat. They’ve done nothing wrong except, park their boat where you can see it. Jealousy has now moved into unwarranted anger. Our idea of jealousy, the bible often refers to that as envy. Wanting what someone else has.
When God speaks of being a “jealous God,” He’s not desiring what someone else has. God is jealous when someone gives away something that’s rightfully His. He will not share your worship with a man-made god or idol. They don’t deserve your worship, it’s rightfully His. God’s jealousy is the other side of His love. He loves you so much, He’s not willing to share you with some false god. The bible tells us how much God loves us by telling us how much we should love Him. Deuteronomy 6:5 says; “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Jesus repeats this in the New Testament. That is how much God desires from us because that is how much He gives to us, and even more.
When God has given to us His total love and commitment, to the point of sending His son to die for our sin, it’s no wonder that He doesn’t want to share that love with a hunk of rock or piece of wood that He also created.
Does God have all your heart today?
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