By: Guest blogger, Sarah Witenhafer
“For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” Isaiah 48:11
Have you ever considered being thankful for God’s jealousy? Chances are the mere mention of that particular character trait makes you wince. Jealousy is usually a base emotion in man. We lump it in with insecurity and covetousness. And there’s nothing less appealing than a green-eyed, grasping woman or man. But God’s jealousy is altogether different and in fact, it’s one of His kindest traits. Without the jealousy of God, we would be forever condemned to the futility of our own idols.
Life sucking, purpose robbing, powerless idols.
But of course that’s not how we see them. We drool after the worthless things, running after them like dogs in heat, or trading what’s precious for another fix. The adulterous spouse, the workaholic parent, the writer who entertains every mental fantasy (Zing!), or the mom who “just wants her children to behave” perfectly, these are modern followers. And God is jealous because He sees what we deny.
He knows there is no life or profit or power in an idol, and describes them as oxymorons.
“Mouths that cannot speak. Eyes that cannot see, ears that cannot hear, feet that cannot walk.” Psalm 115
“Lovers who despise you and seek your life.” Jeremiah 4:30
“Broken cisterns, which hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
What amazes me is that while God is justifiably angry over our misplaced affections, He continues to have our best in mind.
He warns against walking after what is empty and becoming empty in the process – walking after things that do not profit. He calls us to walk with Him that it may go well with us, and with our children after us, in order that we may live. But if we do not turn back, God will teach us a hard lesson. “Your own wickedness will correct you, and your apostasies will reprove you. Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God.”
It is for our good that God will not share us. In fact, in Jeremiah 7:19 God asks these powerful questions, “Do they spite Me? Is it not themselves they spite to their own shame?”
A lesser god would leave us. Certainly pagan gods didn’t care. It hardly mattered to them whether a soul was faithful to one or 500 gods. And personal holiness was optional as long as the right sacrifices were made. God is the only God who sacrificed His own blood to give us a new heart, one that would never turn away from Him. He did this so His people would be a living testimony to His glorious wisdom and grace. He did this so we could worship His beauty forever. There is no God like ours. Jealous is His name.
Join Sarah Witenhafer, Staci Stallings, and 8 of their author friends at WoMen’s Literary Cafe’s Christian Book Launch, December 13-15. Ten authors will discount their ebooks to just 99 cents. Buy 3 get 1 FREE! http://www.womensliterarycafe.com/content/december-2011book-launches
But don’t wait until then! Check out Sarah’s book, “Tamed” here: http://www.amazon.com/Tamed-ebook/dp/B004MYFNKC
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