BUT...Good News...I'm gonna try and break it down in 4 parts. The one you've stumbled upon this week is: "GOD...WHO ARE YOU? #JEALOUS". This is the last of the series. Hope you enjoy reading about God being a Jealous God.
John Mark McMillan wrote a song, “How He Loves”. If you’ve been in a contemporary worship service within the past 7 years, you’ve probably memorized the words. But in case you don’t know it, there’s a phrase from the song that goes like this:
He is jealous for me.
He loves like a hurricane, I am a tree.
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
There’s no comparison (as mentioned in the blog #Lover) to His love. The flip side to this, of course, is there is no contest to His jealousy of your devotion and love for Him. He, like any devoted lover would be, wants your devotion in return. The “friends with benefits”…it doesn’t exist. There’s no such thing. He requires complete devotion, and He doesn’t just require it…but He demonstrates it. He lives it out every day for you. His powerful love and mercy for us…is so powerful that Mr. McMillan describes it so EPICALLY as a hurricane and we are a tree. Now, if you’ve ever seen footage of a hurricane…yeah! Epic!
In Deuteronomy 6:14-15 it talks about having no other gods in your life besides Him, that He is a jealous God, that you don’t want God’s wrath to come against you for being unfaithful. I know that God is a merciful God. How? Because He saved a wretch, a COMPLETE MESS…me. I know that His love is full of mercy and full of grace. I also know when you abuse and abuse and abuse any relationship…there will be a point when time is up. Grace is over and mercy runs out. It’s a choice we have to choose love or to choose not to love.
How do we show that we are choosing not to love God?
My thoughts go to things like; putting things as more valuable to you than Him. That can be someTHING or someBODY. I believe that one of the best examples is when Jesus is confronted with a man on the road. This man runs up to Jesus and asks him, “What do I lack?” Jesus tells him plainly, “Go and sell all your possessions (land, livestock, gold, silver, whatever he had) and give it to the poor, then come and follow me.” When the man heard what Jesus said, he left upset because deep down he knew what a huge task that meant for him…because he had many possessions. He couldn’t give up everything for Christ. (Matthew 19:20-22)
Jesus also adds that in Matthew 19:29-30, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Sacrifices made where you are allowing God to use you and it may take you away from your comfort zones in life, be it family or money or things or whatever…this tells us that God won’t let it be forgotten. He will reward you for your devotion.
How do I keep God from being jealous over me?
Well, I think it’s simple. Keep Him first. I can say from the experience that I’ve had in my relationship with God, that it’s hard. If you are, or have been married, or have been in a committed relationship of any kind (BFFs), you know what I’m talking about. It is hard work! You have to put in the work, the time it takes to develop the relationship and then you have to keep it up. So that’s more time, more work. It takes communication. It takes concentration. It takes dedication. Attention to detail and mindful of the desires of His heart with the desire to fulfill those things. You won’t be perfect. What’s GREAT is He knows you aren’t perfect, but He desires to be in a relationship with you despite your faults and failures.
For me, I have trust issues. It makes quite the obstacle for ANY kind of relationship to be a success when you struggle with trusting people. But, I will say, that it is essential to be able to allow yourself to be vulnerable enough for accepting love and allowing that relationship to be. God knows my struggles. He knows and accepts me, but that isn’t the end of it. He requires me to put in the work. Stretch the “trust muscle” here and there…rest…and strrrreeeetttchhhh ….and rest. So on and so forth. Being burnt by relationships or whatever your personal “excuse” may be…it doesn’t matter with God. He knows all that and accepts you for you. That doesn’t give your excuse permission to keep you stagnant. It allows you grace to move forward and work out your issue through your relationship with Him.
Jealousy is a bad thing, right?
Well, it can be a horrible thing, especially when talking about relationships. But like I said before, in any relationship you will ever have, there is a devotion that is required for the relationship to continue to exist. I believe that when talking about God being a “jealous God” it’s referring to that very thing. That He requires what He gave us…complete devotion, complete willingness to give it all for the sake of the relationship.
Keep the words that are there in your bible. Listen to what they are speaking to you about. God isn’t a bully. God isn’t a politician. God isn’t a single-minded being. God is THE Creator. God is THE good Judge, God wants to be your FIRST TRUE Lover, God is a Jealous God for your love and devotion. Keep your eyes on Him. Focus your efforts and time into your relationship with Him. If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, shoot us a comment and we can help walk you through the steps or contact a local church pastor that is bible based and completely devoted to God. That’s what church is all about, helping people build a relationship with God and maintain it for the rest of their lives on earth and BEYOND! (Insert Star Wars theme song here)
We love you and our prayers are for your continued growth and interest in God our Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit of God. We will have a new topic for you next week! Until then, be blessed and stay in His word!
Sarah, Derek, & David
The Nameless Movement