“”So watch yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the Lord your God has commanded you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
(Deuteronomy 4:23-24) (NASB)
God had created a perfect environment for Adam and Eve. Everything they needed was provided for, and there was perfect harmony between man and creatures. God gave them the authority to rule over all of this creation. But there was one thing that God also gave them, which man has had a hard time understanding; it has kept us in a constant turmoil. To be in right relationship with the Lord, or anyone for that matter, one has to be given free choice. Yes, God’s love is zealous and jealous for us, but He won’t force a relationship with you or me. It’s a choice each of us must make on our own.
Because God is righteous there is a cost...a cost to follow Him...and a cost when we don’t. God loves us too much to leave us in a place of sin. I believe it’s difficult for man to separate God’s love and passion from His judgments. They go hand in hand, but in man’s sinful thoughts it is hard to distinguish. If we could wrap ourselves up in God as Love, we would fall so in love with Him that we’d welcome His restraints.
What was the sin in the garden? The sin was idolatry, wanting to be like God. That is the sin that caused Lucifer to be cast out of heaven. But Lucifer never saw the error of his ways, so that is what he used to entice others to turn away from God. Stop and think for a moment, did that one act bring them joy and freedom? NO! It brought guilt and shame. They hid themselves from God because “they were naked”. They were exposed, not only physically, but spiritually. Anything that turns a believer away from God will bring shame, condemnation, guilt, etc. until the pride is laid aside and the one is willing to “come out of hiding” and present himself to God for restoration.
Eve had a choice of whether or not to engage in the activity with Satan. She had never met him, she didn’t have a relationship with him, but yet she chose to accept his lie as truth. The power of association is great and plays a huge role in our lives. Who are you associating with? Who do you go to to help you in making a right decision? What is the idol that may be interfering with your relationship with God? Often we associate with people because they make us feel good, or powerful, or we want the power or recognition that they seem to have. We can choose to associate with those who will lead us into a path of destruction, or we can choose to associate with others who are seeking the life that God has promised for those who love Him and are called according to His name.
Zephaniah 3:17 gives us a great visual of what a right relationship with the Lord looks like. “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” God is so jealous over us that He is our mighty warrior who brings victory to our lives! Other times He is the Comforter who quietly wraps us in His arms and fills us with peace and joy. He is always watching over us and sings and dances as He watches us make right choices that honor Him and bring Him glory. Can you begin to imagine what that day, when we come face to face with the Almighty God, will look like? It will be a day of celebration and joy unspeakable for those who have entered covenant with Him.
Won’t you please join us in this walk? We would love to pray with you and be in fellowship with you so we can encourage one another and lift up His holy name.
Lord God, as I ponder these things in my heart, I know that I am far from perfect. There are things in my life which need to be brought into alignment with You. I thank You that You love me so much that You bring conviction upon me to turn me away from wrong and cause my heart to break, that I can repent and be made whole again in You. Your jealousy is a perfect love. I want to learn that love. Teach me, Lord, to be more like You. Amen!