~ Exodus 34:14
Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people. ~ Joel 2:18
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
~ 2 Corinthians 11:2-4
God's Jealous Love for Us
by Alice Fryling
When God calls himself jealous, he is saying that he is reaching out to us, that he passionately wants to claim us for himself. We were created to live in the center of his love. Every act of disobedience takes us away from that center, takes us into dangerous territory where we forget that he loves us, where we think we can and should control our own lives, where we risk using relationships to serve ourselves instead of our Creator.
As we begin to move toward that place of alienation from God's love, his Spirit jealously hovers over our spirits, making us uncomfortable, trying to turn our hearts back to our Lord. God is jealous when anything in our lives deters us from resting in his love. His Spirit is jealous when I begin to think that I cannot get along without more money, a larger house, a better job or a different body. His Spirit is jealous when I think that I desrve the honor another person is getting, or when I a ambitious to achieve anything but his will. His Spirit is jealous when my motivation is anything but love. My money, my house, my body, my career, my achievements all belong to God.
God's jealousy actually grows out of his love. Because he loves us, he is jealous of anything that might tempt us away from what is good for us.
Taken from Women's Devotional Bible 2.
At our church, we are in the midst of a sermon series on stewardship. This devotional seems to fit perfectly. It also fits the state of the economy as well.
I like to be in control. I am very uncomfortable when I feel that circumstances are out of my control. I'm feeling a bit that way right now. There are some circumstances in my life that I am unable to control.
Lord, bring your peace to my life. Help me to remain calm and focus on doing things that I CAN control. I know that you will provide for the needs of my family in the coming months and years. Thank you that you have always provided for our needs. We will lean on you and follow your will.
Lord, if I fallen away from the center of your love, draw me back to you.
Have a great day!