Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose Name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
–Exodus 34:14 NIV
When you think of jealousy, don’t you usually think of suspicion, greed, distrust, and selfish motives? If that’s all we know about jealousy, it’s no wonder we have a hard time believing it to be a characteristic of God… even though He’s described that way in Scripture ten different times.
But every one of those references relates to His attitude when His people chase other gods and is related directly to His immense love for us. He knows that when we give our affection to anything other than our Creator and Source of life, we’re going to end up disappointed and harmed.
The Bible says, as a believer, you are not your own; you have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19; 7:23). You can confidently rest in the secure knowledge that God always guards what is His. His pure version of jealousy actively works to drive away things that will destroy us. Sometimes that comes in the form of painful discipline or withholding something we want, but even when it hurts, we can be assured that His actions are always motivated from a heart of genuine love that works for our good and His glory.
- God, thank you that you love me enough to keep me for Yourself. Help me embrace and not resist your overwhelming love.
- Jesus, You are my defender. Thank you that I can rest in the security of your protective love.