I was listening to David Crowder this morning and one of my favorite songs on his new Church Music CD – How He Loves. I’ve heard that song several times (hope to use it in church some day). It struck me when I heard the phrase, “He is jealous for me.” One of the things that I thought was one word: “Really?”
How many of us truly believe God is jealous for us? Truly jealous for us. I think we all fall into the thinking that God is just concerned with the BIG stuff in life – cancer, earthquakes in Haiti, persecution in other countries – but certainly not jealous for me. Our problems are small compared to what is happening to someone else in our church or community or around the world that we can’t imagine that He is concerned with us . . . let alone jealous.
Then I thought of the verses in Matthew 7: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Although I’m not the perfect father, I know how to give good gifts to my kids. I love the phrase “how much more.” If I can give good gifts, how much more does God know how to give those gifts? If I am concerned about the daily activities of my children, how much more is God concerned?
God is jealous for us. Really.