Why Should I Serve A Jealous God?

God is a God of love. The Bible says that repeatedly and we know it from our experience with God. But, God is also a God of judgment and wrath and, the Bible also says that God is a jealous God.
Ok, let’s be honest here… when we think of jealousy we don’t normally think good things. We think of someone who is jealous and it’s not a good character trait. So, if jealousy is not good, how can God, who is a loving God, be jealous?
Nahum 1:1 says, “The Lord is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and rage.”
So how can God be jealous?
It is because God created everything… this world is God’s world… We do not exist if God doesn’t create us. God created the heavens and the earth. God created man. This is God’s world.
So, God can be a jealous God because God allows us to exist.
But, someone may say, “I don’t want to worship a jealous God…If God is so great, why is He jealous?”
Again, it’s because God created everything. God owns everything. God deserves our praise and adoration.
But, let’s go a little deeper. In order for a person to recognize God and live for God, they must come to a point where they humble accept the fact that God is God and they humble themselves before God. When someone does that, the issue is not “why is God      jealous?” The issue is, “God is God and God can do what He wants..”
Let’s compare it to our job. Let’s say the owner or the boss does some things that you don’t think are right. Maybe the boss leaves earlier than everyone else. When it happens you might think, “Why does he get to leave before me?”
The answer is, “he’s the boss… he can whatever he wants…”
God is God… He created everything. He has been since the beginning of time and will be until the end of time. God can be a jealous God because He deserves our praise and adoration.

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