Ever been jilted by someone you sacrificed your all to love? Know how it feels when the one you love the most spends the most time loving someone else? Or how it feels when the gift you freely gave from a good heart is being used against you? That is how God feels when we reject His priceless love shown through Christ Jesus His only Son; when we use the gift of free-will He freely gave us, to do and live against His own will.
A dictionary defines ‘jealous’ as: demanding exclusive loyalty and faithfulness or adherence and obedience.
The Word says “…for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God…” God is not just jealous, His name is Jealous. Jealousy is not just the nature of His personality, it is also His identity. The Word also says that “God is love!” So God is not just a lover, He is love. If love is who God is and not just what He does, then you can be sure that no one can love better than He does. If the greatest Lover is also called Jealous, then you can be sure that no jealous lover can be more jealous than He is.
But why would God be so jealous, someone may ask? The answer to that is not far from His Word: God will never share His glory with any man or any man-made god. Any attempt to do such may not only incur His jealousy but would also kindle His anger which often results in destruction, just as He did with the children of Israel in the wilderness. God created the earth and all its inhabitants including man, to show forth His glory and not to take His glory.
He is jealous when His glory is given to or shared with someone else or something else. He is jealous when your loyalty is not to Him who made you but to a man whom He made. He is jealous when your trust is not in Him who is the Creator but in that which He created. He is jealous when the one you will be faithful to can be anyone except Him. He is jealous when you seek counsel and advice from everyone else, but will never ask for His view on the matter. He is jealous when He has given His most precious gift of His only Son to die to redeem you from sin and death and reconnect you back to fellowship with Him, yet you willingly reject His gift and keep doing and living against His will. He is jealous when He wants you to be His true child and hear you call Him ‘Father’, but you would rather go your own way and remain rebellious to His instructions.
He is jealous when everyone else and everything else gets their own share of your time, but He hardly gets any, even when He asks for it. He is jealous when you only want to use Him to get all you want but will hardly let Him use you to get done all He wants done. He is jealous when He expects you to love Him back after all the love He keeps showing you, but you rather give your love to someone else or something else. He is jealous because He loves you too much and does not want to lose you. He protects you as the apple of His eye and would never let any evil come near you.
Like an earthly father, your Heavenly Father only wants you to recognize, acknowledge and respect His position as your one and only true God, your Creator, Savior and Provider; and wants you to reverence Him with holy fear by heeding to His instructions by faith. Whatever takes the place of God in your life; is your ‘god’ and God is not pleased with you!
God’s jealousy is holy and patient. He is also long-suffering, but not forever-suffering. He is always slow to anger but He sure gets angry when He cannot bear it anymore, just like any natural jealous lover. It is better to experience the love in God’s jealousy than to suffer the wrath of God’s jealousy.
The Word says “…And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength…” We are told that is the greatest commandment, reaffirming the reality of God’s jealousy. He does not just want you, He wants all of you. Whatever is taking you farther away from your love for God is drawing you closer to the anger of His jealousy. He does not want to be your number one, He wants to be your only one. He does not want to be one of your options, He wants to be your only option. He is not most relevant when most needed, He is always the most relevant and always the most needed. Until He means everything to you, He is not your means of getting anything. Give Him all of you and you will have all from Him.
You either give Him first place in your life, or He is taking no place at all; that is the jealousy of God!