The Jealous God

Deuteronomy 4:24 (KJV) For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Jealousy is an emotion that everyone has experienced. There are different aspects of it. Jealousy can be a result of covetousness, desiring things that belong to others. We are also aware of the form of jealousy which is simply based on mistrust, and unfounded suspicion. Since the above scripture describes God as a jealous God, what form of jealousy does God have over us.
Certainly God cannot be accused of covetousness, since he owns all things. In addition, God is omniscient, knowing all things, so he has no need to be suspicious. Furthermore, God gave up his only Son, Jesus Christ, so that through his death we may have life. Thus, certainly we see that God was willing to give up all for the sake of others.

So Why is God jealous? God wants the love and attention we give him to be exclusive, shared with no one and nothing else. He desires our full and complete devotion. Doesn’t he deserve it? Yes, God’s jealousy is reasonable, since he alone is God. His power, glory, holiness love, mercy, and kindness are beyond any other; in short, there is no one like God. God loves us completely. His love for us supersedes all other. Therefore, God wants everything that is in us. Let us allow the fire of his presence to consume us.

Heavenly Father saturate my mind, soul, and spirit with your presence. Everything that is in me belongs to you. I am yours. Give me an undivided heart, one that is devoted only to you, for you alone are God.

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