J is for Jealous

 Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.  For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:23-24)

Continuing the Alphabet Challenge, I chose Jealous for my “J” word.

Hunter loves our grandactives. He gets excited when they visit. He plays with them and allows them to crawl on him and use him for a pillow. Yep, it’s all fun and games until I pay attention to one of the children. At that point, Hunter gets jealous. He demands my undivided attention, especially when other people enter the house or call on the phone.

Although Hunter’s got a good handle on it, he’s not the only one in our house with a jealous streak. The grandactives all do their share of “Bee, hold me.” “Bee, watch this.” “Bee, come here.” “Bee, I want … .” All of their demands stem from their desire to have my undivided attention. They’re jealous.

Then again, I must confess I, too, have my own “green-eyed monster” to learn to control.

Jealousy is one of those traits we all abhor. We correct our kids. We chastise ourselves. We work pretty hard to overcome the nasty self-centeredness that leads to jealousy—a most intolerable sin.

But wait …

God says He is a jealous God. What’s up with that? He cannot sin. Is there such a thing as righteous jealousy?

Apparently, there is. God becomes jealous when we flirt with other gods and put earthly pleasures before Him. He calls it idol worship. He wants all of our love, affection, and allegiance without exception. He wants us to devote our lives to Him, to worship Him alone, and to seek His face daily. He wants our undivided attention when we come to Him in prayer. He has the right to such demands. He is our Creator, our Sustainer, and our Father.

Since He is my Father, I think I have inherited His jealous streak. But unlike the Lord, I have to check mine and be sure I’m jealous over righteous things—like the time I spend with Him, and the time I spend with my family.

How about you? What “J” word comes to your mind when you think about God? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks


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