God's Jealousy - Stephen Bryant

There are moments when I get caught up in who God is and how he loves. It's just so weird to me how there is a person who continually loves and chases after you after you turn and run in the opposite direction. 

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God... -Exodus 20:5

When I read the passage above, I have to admit it’s pretty weird. When I think of jealousy, like most, I think of someone who is full of envy. Someone who has choked the joy out of love and has replaced it with anger. 

But if God is love, how does him being jealous fit into his character? 

I'm prettier sure God created marriage to better understand who is is, pretty sure! Being married is one of the greatest things in so many ways. It opens you up to things you wouldn’t normally notice. I've never noticed how much of a slob I am. I have also never really noticed how OCD I am about remote controls facing a certain direction! And It wasn’t until I was married that I started to understand how someone could love continually and have the same jealousy God does. 

When I mess up, when I am not loving, a grouch, rude, not nice… my wife is there chasing after me with love. When I am working too much, too caught up in social media, or electronics she chases after and brings me back. She says..

I want you to treat me different than everything else in your life. I want to be number one, and when I’m not... life just isn’t as good.

Which I totally understand because when I’m not her number one I fight for her and am JEALOUS! I could never stand by and watch as I'm being replaced by something else in her life. 

For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. -2 Corinthians 11:2

The normal jealousy we see most commonly see is an envious one. It’s selfish, all about your ego, your pride, it’s love replaced by anger. It’s love gone extinct.  

Godly jealousy, is angered love that stay love. It says I’m not willing to lose you so I’ll fight for you. I'm jealous of your love for other things and I love you too much to be replaced. It's looking at your love and saying I'm not letting the spark go out to something inconsequential. It’s love fighting extinction.