When you’re consumed with social media and dive into that foreign land searching for your worth or the approval of others…
When you become obsessed with pleasing others, your spouse, children, or even your church…
When you allow the world to steer your course and you get in line to fill your plate with a huge helping of tolerance and acceptance when God’s Word is clear, and you are to be set apart…
Your jealous God won’t tolerate it.
To be clear, this is not the same as human jealousy stemming from a place of control and leading to sin.
God’s jealousy comes from the place of His glory and pure, faithful love leading to your protection and rescue.
Jesus Christ is your Savior if you’ll accept Him as such. He is the One who came to rescue you. (Romans 10:9-10.)
His death was an act of powerful, faithful love – God loved you so much He sent His Son to die for you even while you sinned, and Jesus loved the Father so much to obey Him even to the point of death – an excruciating death.
Why, after all of that, would God tolerate you blatantly tossing your devotion elsewhere? Why would He ignore how you chase after things or people?
“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”Deuteronomy 4:24 NIV.
A consuming fire is powerful and not to be ignored. And those flames won’t stop at just a little – they want everything.
And God wants every bit of YOU, including your time. Not to selfishly manipulate you but to refine and keep you on the right track.
If you listen to others more than Him, you can wind up in a ditch, banged up and bruised, scratching your head and wondering where it all went wrong.
Of course, God has provided people in your life to love, things to enjoy, and tasks to dive into. But when you push Him aside or tell Him to take a back seat to any of those things, it breaks His heart.
Think about that for a moment.
Oh, precious soul. Turn your attention and devotion to God and watch and see how He blesses you for it – beginning with a deeper walk with Him and a closeness with the Holy Spirit like never before.
Don’t you see? God wants you all to Himself so He can love you throughout your journey home.
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This is a timeless message, too easily this world distracts us from loving Him first!
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Thank you so much, Alan! To God be all the glory!! Oh, I agree. There are so many distractions to contend with, but once we get to know God, I think we hunger for more of Him and we fight (not always winning) those distractions. Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless you!
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