I remember the first time I heard that God is a jealous God (Deuteronomy 6:15). I didn't know what it meant.
I'd always thought of jealousy as something bad.
But understanding how and why God is jealous is an important Biblical principle.
For one thing, jealousy is not necessarily a negative trait.
Like a loving husband is jealous for his wife's affection unwilling to share her with other men, God is jealous for our affection unwilling to share us with other gods.
Secondly, our jealously may be contaminated by pride or envy. But God's jealousy is pure and loving.
It's impossible for God to be arrogant because arrogance means thinking you are better than you are. And God is better than our superlatives.
He's perfect, awesome, never wrong!
He's the perfect Father, Shepherd, Creator, Counselor, Helper....
We owe Him our ultimate love, faith, trust, and devotion. Giving God anything less is harmful to our relationship with Him.
To have such a wonderful God jealous for our affections is something that should leave us speechless!
For a short Bible study on this devotion, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.