Think back to your wedding day. For the man, you probably stood at the front of the church waiting to see your bride for the first time in her wedding dress. And then when she appeared you nearly, or possibly actually did, cry thinking how beautiful she looked. For the bride, she became obsessed with everything being perfect, nothing out of place, anticipating the moment she had pretended as a little girl walking down the aisle.
There are many instances where the Bible uses the analogy of marriage to describe God’s relationship with His people. His love for us is passionate and intimate and He wants and should expect our love for Him to be the same. No man should be ok with his wife cheating on him and God is not ok with His people cheating on Him. And yet it happens everyday.
“You have become spiritual adulterers who are having an affair, an unholy relationship with the world. Don’t you know that flirting with the world’s values places you at odds with God? Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy!”
James 4:4 (The Passion Translation)
The next verse is really wild. It tells us that God is a jealous lover of His people. The Old Testament says God is jealous, but the way this verse states it seems more intimate. Now I will say that there are different interpretations of this verse, so I’m just giving mine as I understand it. The King James version says “the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy.” When you think of lust, you generally think of how someone longs for another sexually. But this is a spiritual longing that He has for us. The NIV says “He jealously longs for the spirit He has caused to dwell in us?” Can you comprehend the fact that the God who created everything, who you have entered into a covenant with (if you are a Christian), lusts for you spiritually and is jealous of your affection? How can we callously go about living so casually, not being mindful that we could cause Him the kind of pain that a wayward spouse would cause you if they were to be passionately affectionate to someone besides you?
Many would never cheat on their spouse and yet they cheat on God without even realizing it. Where do your affections rest? What do you think about?
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:2 KJV
God help me to have a clearer understanding of how passionate You are towards me. Help me to think about this so I will respond in kind and live my life to please You and have my affections set upon You.
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