|Teacups full of Treasures|
You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. Exodus 20:4-5a
They angered God by building shrines to other gods;
they made him jealous with their idols. Psalm 78:58
You must worship no other gods, for the Lord,
whose very name is Jealous,
is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. Exodus 34:14
For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 2 Corinthians 11:2-3
Teacups Full of Treasures nailed it once again. Today it quiets my busy mind and brings my heart to stillness. And in my silence my beloved Jesus whispers, “You are My beloved and I am jealous for you.” God is jealous for me for the reason that He is at risk of being displaced in my life. Heartbreaking as it may sound, choosing gods over God is not an unlikely reality. I am guilty of it. People, to-do list, events, beauty, internet and just about anything can easily become a god/idol in my life.
Therefore, I must continuously return to the basics: prayer and His word. There is no greater combo than prayer and God’s Word, to ignite a passionate love for God. And genuine love produces a life of obedience. And an obedient life desires nothing more than to please, honor, glorify, and position God over all else.
But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations
on those who love me and obey my commands. Exodus 20:6
I also share in Paul’s jealousy for you. You are God’s beloved bride, and it is my responsibility that your devotion for Christ be pure, undefiled and undivided. And so, I encourage you to drop the gods. Repent and return to your first love by doing the very thing you did when you first met Him: prayer and the Word. May we be a people who desire nothing else but to love God and obey His commands. "God doesn't want something from us. He simply wants us." -C.S.Lewis