“For you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” – Exodus 34:14
Shepherd. Savior. King.
The Lord my Provider. The Lord my Banner. The Lord my Righteousness.
El-Shaddai. Elohim. Adonai.
But … Jealous? Are you serious? One of God’s names is “Jealous”?
Yes – and no less than that, it’s not even one of the descriptive names we gave him: it’s a name he gave himself.
That tells me that we should pay close attention to this name of God. He describes himself as Jealous. The jealous one. A jealous God.
Isn’t jealousy something to avoid? In most cases, yes. That is, when it has connotations of “envy, apprehension, or bitterness” (The American Heritage Dictionary). But there is another meaning of “jealous” listed in the dictionary: “intolerant of disloyalty.”
That is what God means when he describes himself as jealous. He wants our complete love, obedience, trust, and loyalty. He wants us: 100%. Anything less than that, and he experiences a holy, consuming jealousy.
Have you allowed God’s rightful place in your life to be taken by any other person, idea, thing, or activity? If so, how and why did this happen? What steps will you take to correct the situation?
Are you giving God 100% of yourself: your energy, time, love, obedience, worship, etc?
Pray a prayer centering around this special name of God: Jealous.