Whom Do You Love? - Forward with Back to the Bible - September 24

Whom do you love?

Read Exodus 34:14

Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.


Why is it right for God to be jealous but a sin for us to be jealous?

Have you ever wondered why God declares Himself to be jealous? We don’t tend to think of jealousy as a positive trait. Isn’t jealousy always a sin?

Not necessarily. When I got married, I vowed that I would keep myself only for my spouse. If I committed adultery, wouldn’t it be appropriate for my wife to be jealous and angry? In fact, it would be a little suspect if she wasn’t. If infidelity didn’t upset her, people would probably question how much she actually loved me in the first place.

Just as a husband or wife deserves and expects the faithful devotion of their partner, so God deserves and expects our complete and undivided devotion. He loves us so fiercely that He wants us all to Himself. When we follow false gods, we commit spiritual adultery. God has the right to be jealous and vengeful.

But unlike human jealousy, God’s jealousy is untainted by selfishness. Rather, even in his jealousy, He shows us how much He loves us. He knows that He is what we need. He knows that He is what is best for us. No other thing we chase could ever fully satisfy us. No other god could ever care for us or save us. He is the only one who can provide what we so desperately need. And yet, we often stray from Him. 

Friends, God not only deserves our absolute allegiance, He desires it because He knows that a relationship with Him is not only what’s best for us. It was what He made us for.


LORD, I know that You deserve and desire my complete devotion. And yet, I am prone to wander. Turn my heart back to You all the days of my life. Thank You for Your unfailing love. Amen.

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