A Jealous and Good God

“…for love is as strong as death, jealousy as fierce as the grave…Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”
Song of Solomon 8:6-7

It’s interesting to me that one of God’s names is Jealous. I have never started my prayers with, “O Jealous One,” yet scripture states that the Lord’s name is Jealous (Ex 34:14). And because I didn’t understand it, God saw fit to let me experience it. He is jealous for our affections, and will stop at nothing to get our hearts. He will pull away every prop you lean on for support other than him, he will dash every hope you have that will pull you further from him, and he will not stop until you get to Him. He doesn’t want a people that love him for things, but a people who love Him for Him. The only way that God can be jealous for our affections and still be good, is if getting Him is better than everything else. Then, He’s the greatest good. Like Paul we can say, “I may have nothing, yet I possess everything.” (2 Corinthians 6:10)

This means for those of us that deal with control, we may quickly find ourselves in a situation we cannot control. Or when we are living for approval, we may be rejected from the very people we want value from. Those of us who love being comfortable, will quickly find ourselves in very uncomfortable situations. In the moment, none of this seems loving. But God is jealous God, and will do whatever it takes to keep us deeply tied to him. And this is truly loving. This must mean that when we feel the many waters crashing down on us, they will not quench God’s love for us. They may in fact be the very loving plan of a jealous God to get you to Him.

Image from: http://simplycamylla.blogspot.com/2011/06/give-away.html


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