Wednesday, 19 March 2014

He is jealous for me

When i think of the fact that Father God is a jealous Father, i try to understand it in terms of my personal relationship with Him.  In exodus 20 verse 5, He says “ you shall not bow down to them (graven images/idols), for i the Lord your God am a jealous God...” wow.  The God of the universe, the One who holds all power and infinite wisdom, who created the sun, starfish, dolphins, the galaxy, angels, and horses is jealous for me! Me, a mere shaped clay, kept alive by His breath in me. That’s seriously mind blowing! I’m sure He could busy Himself seeing to more complex things than sparing time to let me know how He feels towards me, but no, He created me to have a relationship with Him, for me to make Him my ultimate priority, and for Him to take care of the details.

I kind of understand how some people get this jealous part of God a little wrong though. They perceive that a kind, loving, powerful God shouldn’t by any means have this emotion, which is seen to be more of a human kind than a supernatural kind.

Our Father is jealous for us for very good reasons. Now, let’s say you have a child you dearly love. you made sure this child was growing healthy right from day one in the womb, you pray over this child, you spend money for clothes, food, shelter for this child, you spend precious time at the hospital with your child when sickness strikes, you watch this child grow and bloom, you feel the love and bond the two of you share, then gradually, you begin to feel distance coming in between you two. You discover your now adult child likes the company of another family, some strangers who’re known to be notorious in your community. after school and during weekends your child becomes rebellious and doesn’t spend time with you, but drifts off to hang out with this other family and honors the notorious would you begin to feel? I believe you’ll be unhappy, sad, angry and jealous to have your child’s heart back with you, because you know the dangers of being in the company of very bad people. see? maybe this isn’t a perfect example but it’s pretty much the same way God feels towards us when we abandon and neglect Him, thinking we know better than Him.


He made us, He yearns for us to get to know Him. He already knew us, way before He even formed us in the womb. He wants our loyalty to lie with Him.

He bends low and near to hear me. He’s interested in seeing me read and obey the love letters He wrote for me long before i came to be.

He doesn’t want to be competing for my attention, my affection, my time, not with any other thing, not even an earthly romantic relationship with a special someone.

Father God pursues our hearts, and heartbreakingly, He becomes jealous, and rightfully so, when we make other things our god/s...

 “shall the ax boast  itself against him who chops with it? or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!” isaiah 10:15

“woe to him who strives with his Maker, an earthen vessel with the potter! Does the clay say to him who fashions it, ‘what are you making’? or ‘Your work has no handles’?” isaiah 45:9

He formed us with a wonderful purpose, to worship Him alone and reflect His glory. We mustn’t fight it, it’s our call, our destiny.

He is jealous for me, because He created me to love Him, not foolishly give my attention to the wrong things. And like He was telling the Israelites, anything i put before Him is an idol...job, school, hobbies, a person, busyness, even the idol of self...anything i think of more than my Father and His interests is an idol and needs to be shown the exit.

Let’s admit it, we’re the clay, He is the potter, we can’t go about rebelling against Him and intentionally making Him jealous to test Him. We’re human, with yucky, messy hearts (bcos of the sin of adam and eve) that needs the light of our dear maker and the salvation of Jesus. So, i see it this way, the more i make something else my idol, the yuckier/sick my heart will be, + the more jealous He will be, but the more i cling to Him and chase after Him, the more my heart will be filled with unbridled joy! The amazing thing is, the times he gets jealous for me, His love still remains faithful! It’s the kind of jealous that is heartbroken and dying and longing for me to come back to Him, my first, true love.

He is jealous for me, to give Him my heart, and for me to receive His love, and i must be crazy to let go of this love i share with Him.

He is jealous for you, too. Have a heart-check and be sincere if there’s anything at all coming in between your love for Him.

His love and grace is steadfast, constant, but must never be taken for granted.

He is jealous for us.

Enjoy this song from jimmy needham




  1. Beautiful, beautiful post! I'm in love with the song "How He Loves" and the meaning behind it. Thanks for sharing this and reminding me of these truths!

    1. i love the song too! & it's my pleasure!

  2. Isn't it so amazing that we have such a personal God??? What a blessing!

  3. I love this, it's so true! I love the idea of having a heart-check, it's something that's so easy to forget to do and before we know it we find ourselves way off track.


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