I just shared that we have a ‘jealous God.’ By that I mean that someone or something is in possession of something that He (God) rightfully should have!
So many times our wants and desires are focused on various things. We convince ourselves that we want and need something or someone or we turn our focus on that which we believe holds promise. In these scenarios, we are distracted by earthly pursuits and not spiritual ones. This is what it means that we are blessed with a jealous God. Have we ever heard the words “Mine, mine, mine?” They are uttered by an individual that sees something that is truly theirs or that they want.
However, scripture tells us that we have a jealous God because we were created for His purpose. But at times, we wander off in search of… things that have no relevance to Kingdom building. Now, just where did I get that notion?
In Exodus 20:5, it is not that God is jealous or envious because someone has something He wants or needs. Rather, Exodus 20:4-5 says, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” Notice that God is jealous when someone gives to another something that rightly belongs to Him, such as our praise and worship. He is also hurt when we turn from Him. He and He alone has supplied all our needs according to His endless Riches in Glory. We sing “Gloria, Hoseanna in the Highest,” and do not understand its far reaching meaning.
ˈɡlôrē/ a noun
1. High renown or honor won by notable achievements.
“to fight and die for the glory of one’s nation”
synonyms: renown, fame, prestige, honor, distinction, kudos, eminence, acclaim, praise; More
2. Magnificence or great beauty.
“the train has been restored to all its former glory”
synonyms: magnificence, splendor, resplendence, grandeur, majesty, greatness, nobility.
It can also be used as a verb:
1. Take great pride or pleasure in
“they were individuals who gloried in their independence”
synonyms: take pleasure in, revel in, rejoice in, delight in; relish, savor; congratulate oneself on, be proud of, boast about, bask in; informal get a kick out of, get a thrill out of,
“we gloried in our independence”
We serve a ‘jealous’’ God, understandably so. As was pointed out above, we search for and give glory to things that are products of our hands! One does not need to point out what we need to focus on. Be blessed.