Jealousy is generally perceived as a human weakness. Few would want to be described as “the jealous type.” Perhaps that’s why many choose to ignore the fact that our perfect God has revealed himself to be perfectly jealous. Consider Exodus 34 where we are told, “Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (v.14). While our human jealously is often unfounded, God’s never is.
As our Maker and our Redeemer, we are doubly his. He rightly deserves our full attention, our ardent love, and our fiercest loyalty. When the One who loves us more than we can know sees us flirting with the seductive distractions of our culture, we should pause to consider that our God, who has purchased us for himself, is undoubtedly provoked to a righteous jealously. Therefore, in the words of the Apostle John, do all you can to “keep yourself from idols” (1 Jn.5:21).