God is Jealous.
Have you ever wanted something that wasn’t yours? Maybe your friend just got the latest
iPhone, and you wish it was yours? Maybe, you have a really outgoing friend who makes friends
everywhere they go, and you wish you could be more like them?
Jealousy is defined as a feeling of wanting what someone else has or wanting something that
does not belong to you.
When I was in high school, I was jealous of my friend who had a great dad. Growing up, my dad
was pretty absent in my life, and at 16 years old when my parents divorced, my dad was around
even less. I watched my friend's dad show up and cheer her on at sporting events, I watched him make jokes around the dinner table, help her with homework, and show up for all the school
dances. When I was around them, it was easy for me to feel angry that she had something I never would. This human jealousy almost always comes with negative and sinful thoughts and
feelings. We often attribute words like anger, bitterness, envy, and resentment with the word
jealous. But what if jealousy could be a good thing? Did you know that calls himself jealous
right in the Bible?
In Exodus 20:5 it says “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,” and again in Exodus 34:14 it
says “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
God’s jealousy is not like our human jealousy. The Hebrew word used in scripture here is quanna, and not only does it mean jealous, but also zealous, which means caring passionately.
God’s jealousy stems from a loving, unselfish concern for those under His care. God’s jealousy
for you and me is a deep, passionate, love and concern for us. It is a desire for us to know Him
and follow His ways so that we can be in a close relationship with Him.
In the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve fled and hid from God, God pursued them and found
them because he wanted to be in relationship with them. God sent His son Jesus so that he could
pursue a relationship with us. Jesus died on the cross, He gave His life, so that we can have a
relationship with God. Time and time again, God has shown us that He wants you, He wants to
know you, and He wants you to be in a relationship with Him.
God’s jealousy is absolutely a good thing for us, it’s the best thing. It means that we have a God
that loves us and cares for us so much that he is passionately chasing after a relationship with us.
You and I are loved by our God in ways that surpass our understanding, but please know that
you are known, loved, and wanted by our God every single day. It means that our God will go to
any lengths to make sure you know Him and love Him. It also means that God instills in us a
zeal for Him, when we accept Christ He now lives inside of us and fuels us with a deep passion
for Him and pursuing relationship with Him.
I still do not have much of a relationship with my earthly father, but I will rest in the knowledge
that we have a heavenly Father that doesn’t just want a relationship with us, but a Father who
chases after us, chooses us and is there with us and for us every single day.