Romance. Chick flicks. Whatever you call them, they usually include a character who pursues someone in spite of great opposition. This person refuses to take no for an answer and is jealous for the affection of his/her true love.

Jealousy has a bad rap. Mostly it motivates people to do stupid things that are harmful to relationships rather than helpful. Years ago I knew a young couple who demonstrated the positive side of jealousy. He worked for a large corporation and one of his responsibilities was the legal issues of the company. One Saturday morning, he had a meeting with the company lawyer who happened to be a woman. He told his wife where he would be and jumped in his truck to go to the office.

The young wife felt uncomfortable with this Saturday morning meeting and did an act of bravery, courage and honorable jealousy. She went to the bakery, bought pastries and took them to the office. She walked in, announcing that she brought baked goods for the meeting and made coffee to accompany it. She wasn’t going to allow anyone to encroach on her relationship without defending it! I’ve always been so impressed by her quick thinking and decisive action.

There is something in me that wants to be loved jealously. To be pursued with the kind of ardor that is the foundation of every great romantic flick. Perhaps I feel this way because God is the biggest romantic of all! Check this out:

“Be very careful never to make a treaty with the people who live in the land where you are going. If you do, you will follow their evil ways and be trapped. Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash their sacred pillars, and cut down their Asherah poles. You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.

Exodus 34:12-14

My God is jealous for my attention, affection, devotion and worship. He doesn’t want to share with anyone or anything! Just as I wanted my husband to get rid of any memorabilia from past relationships and I certainly don’t want to share his devotion with anyone or anything else now, God wants my full attention. And it is because he loves me. He is jealous for me!

Is there anything in your life that you are more devoted to than God? What has the last 40 days revealed to you about your treaties? How can you best go forward from here with a heart that is singularly devoted to Him?

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