Ponder A Little (Blog)
|Posted on September 22, 2018 at 3:20 PM|
The Bible repeatedly tells us that God is a jealous God. What does this mean? Isn’t jealousy a sin.? So, if God is holy and perfect, how can He be jealous?
There is a righteous jealousy just as there is a righteous anger.
The answer to this conundrum is found by looking at the context of the use of the word in the Bible. When God describes himself as jealous in the Bible, it is when his children, the Israelites, chose to follow other gods and worship idols.
Jealousy is only a sin when it is over something that does not belong to us. As believers, we commit our hearts and lives to God. And we belong to Him. He is first in our lives and the object of our primary devotion. God is jealous for our love that belongs to Him.
So, when we mix up our priorities and put other people or things or goals at the top of our list, God becomes jealous. When we make for ourselves earthly idols in place of God, He has a righteous jealousy for us to come back to Him.
God’s jealousy is actually a rich display of His endless and devoted love for each one of us!
God is jealous for you! Are you jealous for Him?