My eight year old sighed from the back seat. “I hate going to birthday parties because I always get jealous”.
My early morning brain struggled to comprehend this statement as we made our trek to school.
Not enough sleep or coffee instantly made me think “MOM FAIL”
I paused the guilt monster long enough to ask, “why is that?”
He then proceeded in a adult like narrative to list why he felt jealous. They were all the reasons you would guess, with the wisdom of an 80 year old man and not a third grader.
I thought about this discussion all day. How many times do I, as a grown women, acknowledge “I hate —- because I get jealous”?
I still look at glossy magazines, peruse Pinterest and Amazon, or drool at Home Depot. While none of these are bad, the heart attitude I may walk away with is one that is cause for recognition.
In I Corinthians 13:4 the apostle Paul writes to his readers,
Love is patient, Love is kind
It does not envy, It does not boast…
True love isn’t jealous. It is pure and holy and right. It sees past my own desires and exemplifies the nature of God for another.
God talks about jealousy all the way back in the book of Exodus.
As He was giving the ten commandments to Moses, He says
“You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:5)
God desires our worship to be for Him alone. His jealousy is a kind that we struggle to comprehend in our finite existence. It isn’t tainted by greed, selfishness, or coveting.
God’s jealousy is one that desires us to have the purest kind of love poured into our lives.
A love that stands the test of all circumstances and trials.
A love that makes us whole in brokenness.
A love that quenches every anxiety and fear.
This is God’s jealousy for us. It is for our betterment, not for our demise.
“Have no other god’s” He says. “For it is here, you will thrive in love”.
As we approach Valentine’s day this week with all the love that mankind sings, talks, and writes about, may we remember that God wants to be our ultimate affection.
Walk in love, sweet sister and be blessed.
For God so loved [you] that He gave His one and only Son, that [if you] believe in Him [you] will not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16, emphasis mine)