God With Us In Technological Terms

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” – Romans 10:10. 

You can’t escape technology.

It’s a part of your everyday life. Not in a scary sense like being watched by Big Brother from George Orwell’s classic book 1984. But in the sense that technology plays an essential role in your daily life. The microprocessor would change all our lives — bring computers into our homes and then eventually bring smartphones into our pockets. From the time you wake up to the moment you hit the bed at night, you will live beneath the umbrella of technology. From the lights in your house, the smartphone in your pocket, to the computer on your desk, you benefit from technology. The bottom line is computers bring tremendous blessings to our lives,

The Christian can easily look at God as a kind of supercomputer that exists and inhabits a certain place with the necessary software. As a result, the individual needs to go to a certain place to access Him. The same as we tend to use maybe 10 percent of the capabilities of software packages like Microsoft Word, we don’t expend too much energy getting to know God on a very personal level and as a result, God inhabits a portion of day-to-day lives. God is with us and wants to communicate with us directly. He desires to speak into our hearts; encouraging us, shaping us, convicting us, inspiring us. God is not a simple tool like a computer to be occasionally used.

Imagine your heart is the computer of your life. When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you automatically downloaded the most powerful, most sophisticated, and most advanced operating system in the universe. You now have access to everything you need to live a joy-filled and abundant life. You now have access to unlimited knowledge and mysteries, to information and resources far beyond what you knew before the new operating system was installed. Using this operating system allows you to find counsel, be encouraged and comforted and the best part, find real solutions to every problem you face.    

But then 2020 came along. The pandemic as well as other things are like a computer virus, attacking your operating system. As hard as you tried not to let it happen, some malware can be downloaded into your system.  The malware or virus wreaks havoc with the internal operating system: suddenly, your ability to connect to God, to search, to hear, to explore spiritual matters is infected and not working as it once did. You have to shut down the parts infected with the virus, operating at a much lower level. Your heart capacity is diminished and gets full very quickly.  You can’t download new things.  

The good news is God is with us. No virus can overtake the heart if you don’t want it to.  And even though you haven’t been able to access certain parts of your heart, nothing has been lost.  It’s all still there.  And all of it can be restored. God always has a plan to heal and restore. You can always go to God for support because He is always with us.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you keep “viruses and malware” out of the heart? 
  2. What can we do this week to be better connected to God? 

I Am With You Always

“…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20. 

In Matthew 28, Jesus is commissioning His disciples to go out into the world and spread the good news.  At this point, Jesus’ disciples had been with Him for 3 years. They had been learning from Him, watching, and doing as He did. They never did ministry without Jesus or without being able to go back to Him after being sent out. For the first time, they were commissioned to go to new nations to spread the Good News by themselves. Or were they? Jesus is quick to tell them that He will always be with them, even to the end of time.

Think about this for a second, specifically the impact that confidence must have had on the humble men that Jesus had dispatched to reach the world. These were not influential or powerful men. They had no financial or business or strategy acumen to use as a foundation for their task. But they had seen Christ die on a cross and rise from the dead three days later. They had seen Jesus perform miracles pre- and post-resurrection, but in spite of all that the task the Lord had given them must have seemed impossible for a small group of people. But here’s the bottom line: no sooner was this command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel given to them, than the assurance followed it that “I am with you always.” In other words, you are not going alone. Yes, I am sending you on an intimidating task, but never forget that the greatest presence in the world, is going with you, the presence of God.  

When Moses was about to undertake the job of convincing Pharaoh to release the Israelites, God said “I will be with you’. (Exodus 3:12) When Joshua was afraid to carry on the work of Moses, and cross the Jordan into the promised land, we read in Joshua 1:5: “…For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”  Fast forward to the New Testament: An angel makes an announcement to Mary: ‘Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”  (Matthew 1:23) 

We need the presence of Jesus. We grow stronger in faith and in our actions when we are in the presence of Jesus.  In times of loneliness, His always presence will give us company and confidence. In times of weakness, His always presence will give you that strength to get through. In times of suffering, His always presence will give you peace of mind.  

That’s why the Psalmist could say in Psalm 46:7, “…The LORD of hosts is with us.” Isaiah 43:2 adds, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” 

There is nothing better than the presence of Jesus. Nothing. The question is how much do we experience it? How much of a difference it would make in our lives if, with confident faith we believe that God will be with us always, even to the end of the age?   

Discussion Question:

  1. What have you learned about God’s presence through your setbacks and in the hard places? 
  2. How does the fact that God is always with us impact how you live your life? 

God Is Always With Us

 “If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” –  Psalm 139:8-10. 

When I awaken in the morning, God is with me. When I kneel to worship Him, He is with me. When I am driving on I-10 He is with me en route and when I reach my destination. He is with me as I turn out the lights at night no matter where I am. The bottom line is we cannot go anywhere that God is not with us.

NASA’s Apollo 13 experienced an explosion that not only threatened the mission but the lives of the three astronauts on board. NASA scientists were unsure whether the space capsule would have enough engine power and cabin oxygen to return the three astronauts to Earth alive. The most anxious time of the mission was when their space capsule orbited behind the moon and out of radio contact with Mission Control in Houston. All over our country, Americans prayed for the safety of the astronauts. The three astronauts returned to earth safely. The reality is that God is no less present behind the shadow of the moon than right beside you right now. He hears the prayers of the Apollo 13 astronauts just as clearly as He hears your prayers in Panama City. 

How comforting it is to know that Jesus is always with us.  He is with us on the mountain top and in the valley. He is with us when we are in crisis and when everything is good.  He is with us when we have doubt and fear. The good news is that we can live with confidence knowing that Jesus is always with us. There is no time limit, no bad deed, and no obstacle that could turn Jesus away from us. Whether we’re facing unemployment, or a sour relationship, health issues, God is still with us. He is there to give us the strength, wisdom, and peace we need to keep moving forward. We will never be alone, Jesus is always here, helping us, guiding us, pouring His love, and mercy into us. Even time wouldn’t get in the way of God being with me. If time itself couldn’t get in the way, nothing can.

God is always with us whether we are taking giant steps of faith or we are taking the first baby steps of faith. He lives inside of every person who puts their trust in God through faith in Jesus Christ. 

Discussion Question:

  1. What have you learned about God’s presence through your setbacks and in the hard places? 
  2. How does the fact that God is always with us impact how you live your life? 

The Wonder Of Emmanuel, God With Us

“for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.  Everything was created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16. 

Wondering about the wonder of God is always worthwhile. But the wonder of wonders is God with us. Jesus is the one who is God with us.

The story of God with us begins with the birth of Jesus Christ. God becomes human to walk among us, and teach us, and love us in radical and liberating ways. The beauty of God with us is that God didn’t come to us in the form of a Hercules type Demi-God, almost human, but stronger, faster, richer, and better in every way. No Emmanuel came to dwell among us, as one of us. God with us came to be in the midst of two ordinary people. God with us came to be in human form through Mary and Joseph. There wasn’t anything special that Mary and Joseph had done, just as there’s nothing we can do, to make ourselves more worthy of God with us. God is with us in spite of our imperfections and our struggles and our sin. Still, God with us remains with us and dwells in us.

Though He was born thousands of years ago, He is still Emmanuel, God with us, through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. In his book, Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer writes that “we need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.”

That time thousands of years ago in Bethlehem is still happening now right here in our midst. We still celebrate with awe the wonder of God with us both as it manifests within us now and in all the ways it has shown up throughout history. This is certainly “good news that will bring great joy to all people,” as the angels proclaimed among the shepherds on that night in Bethlehem and still resonates today. 

God is constantly offering us wonderful glimpses of His presence with us in our world. Yet, too often, we don’t notice because we’re so preoccupied with the details of our lives that we don’t look beyond them to what God is showing us. If your focus has shrunk down to just trying to get through each day, it’s time to enlarge your perspective so you can enjoy an abundant life. 

There is much we cannot understand about our world. We cannot fathom why the innocent suffer, why evil has such opportunity, why God does not make things better right now. But, we do know something that keeps us going, something that strengthens us in the midst of sorrow and confusion. We know that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. In our pain and puzzlement, God is with us. In our sadness and yearning, God is with us. In our doubt and fear, God is with us. Through Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit, God is with us. And not just with us, but for us, beside us, before us, behind us, within us, and among us. So we are comforted, even as we pray, “O Come, O come, Emmanuel.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you personally appreciate the most about the fact that God came to earth to be in relationship with us? 
  2. How does the reality of Emmanuel – God with us, impact your daily walk of faith? In the good times? In the bad times? 

The Wrath of God

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty…Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him. The Lord is good… But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.” – Nahum 1:2-8.     

Preaching on the wrath of God is not very common these days. It is not too often you hear a sermon, or read an article, or listen to a podcast on the wrath of God. It’s too disconcerting and too dark. And it can seem cruel. The reason many Christians struggle with understanding the wrath of God is that it seems like it’s opposed to God’s love.  If you understand wrathful as vengeful, then it might be hard to reconcile these two attributes of God. But if the wrath of God is simply His righteous judgment against sinful humanity, then there is really no conflict between the two. All of humanity is deserving of punishment. And a righteous God would correctly give us what we have earned. But God is also love. And He has provided a way of redemption; faith in the atoning blood of His Son.

The concept of God’s wrath can be challenging for us to understand. And that, in large part, is probably due to confusing it with human wrath. Merriam-Webster defines wrath as “strong vengeful anger.” The idea is that someone has wronged me, and I am making every effort to hurt them as much as I can. Human wrath is generally not considered a commendable attribute. But is that what God’s wrath is? Getting revenge on humans who have offended him? God’s wrath is not angry retribution against those who have offended God. Rather it is His righteous judgment against those who do evil. God is righteous. And he will judge us according to His righteous standard. God’s wrath against sinners is nothing more than giving them what they deserve. J.I. Packer summarizes: “God’s wrath in the Bible is never the capricious, self-indulgent, irritable, morally ignoble thing that human anger so often is. It is, instead, a right and necessary reaction to objective moral evil” (Knowing God. 151).

To understand the wrath of God is to understand how much God hates sin. We may occasionally view sin lightly, to gloss over its effects on our life, and even make excuses for the sins in our life. But reading the Bible gives a clear picture that God abhors sin. We need to fear God and to fear His wrath because our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.”  

For those who respond to God’s offer of salvation, His righteous judgment is satisfied by Jesus’ sacrifice. God’s desire is that all be saved: “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9) So God’s wrath would be truly terrifying if it was not satisfied in Christ. In saving us from His own wrath, God has done what we could not do, and He has done what we didn’t deserve. It is the ultimate good news. 1 Timothy 1:15 says, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” Romans 3:26 says “for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.”   

The hope for sinners is that between us and the wrath of God stands the cross of Jesus. Sin was laid on Jesus and when it was done, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “It is finished!” Then Christ rose from the dead, and He stands before you today, a living Savior. He offers to you the priceless gift of peace with God. He is ready to forgive your sins and fill you with His Spirit. He is able to save you from the wrath and reconcile you to the Father. He has opened the door of heaven, and He is able to bring you in.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Does the concept of God’s wrath concern you? Why?
  2. Should we fear and tremble before God? Why or why not?

Following Jesus

“Following Jesus is more than nodding a head, raising a hand, or repeating a prayer – though someone coming to Christ can do any of those. Following Jesus is not returning to life as usual, the only difference being that we’re now going to Heaven. Following Jesus is abandoning trust in ourselves, surrendering all we are and have to Him. This, and nothing less, is discipleship.” – Randy Alcorn

What does following Jesus mean? Following Jesus sounds so simple, but is it that simple? Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are agreeing to submitting or surrendering ourselves to Him, to pattern our lives after Him, and to place our relationship with Him above our own will and desires. Following Jesus is a life-changing commitment to be taken seriously.

Matthew 4:21-22 says, “A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.”  They immediately followed Him. Today, we tend to resist a new direction if it means leaving the comfortable to embrace the great unknown. We weigh the potential sacrifice before we agree to serve. But James and John didn’t hesitate.

Jesus called them, and smack in the middle of relationships, responsibilities, and very real life, they left all that they had and followed Him. No deliberation, no dramatic persuasion, no obsession with personal agendas, and no holding onto the past.  They went immediately.  

This one thing that was true in Biblical times as it is in 2020 is this: the rate at which we are willing to follow Jesus is directly proportional to the proximity of our relationship with Him at that moment. James and John were instantly convinced to follow Jesus because they believed He was who He said He was. Yes, they had a lot to learn and sometimes learned slowly, but through it all, they trusted that following Jesus was greater than anything this world had to offer. Because they trusted they were transformed. They changed because they left everything that had the potential to come between them and an intimate life-altering relationship with Jesus.

Following Jesus is making a very personal, individual decision. It is a choice everybody is offered and must choose through faith. Following Jesus is not about religion. Following Jesus is to learn to live your real, present life with all its responsibilities, relationships, and roles as Jesus would live it if it were His. Then start to use every means available to learn more about Jesus and to understand His teaching. Reading the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—is a good starting point to come to know Jesus and His ways more fully.

The final step is making a decision. We decide to follow Jesus. We commit to listening to Him, to obeying Him, and to allowing Him to shape our lives. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does following Jesus mean to you? 
  2. Why is it useful to know more about Him to effectively follow Him?  What can we do this week to increase our knowledge of Him? 

Seeing Jesus

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.” – Luke 24: 13-18.

I love the story about the Emmaus road found in Luke 24. It is such an impactful story because it is not about super-Christians; it is about Jesus traveling with normal people, meeting them where they were at, slowly showing Himself to them. It is a story that reveals to us not only something about who we are but how Jesus opens our eyes to see Him for who He is and about how we can come to know Him.

As Jesus walks with the two men, He does two things to reveal Himself to them. The first is that He takes them through the Scriptures. They basically have a Bible study on the road, a Bible study specifically about how the whole Old Testament pointed to Jesus. This brought them closer to knowing Jesus, they didn’t want Him to leave them after they reached their destination. Jesus joined them and then they participated in something important, the breaking of bread. Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it. It was at that point that the men recognized Jesus.`

 Unfortunately, we don’t yet get to see Jesus like they did so Luke wants us to go to the Scriptures to see Him. The more we understand God’s word the more our hearts will burn for God. You want to sense God’s presence? You want to know Jesus is alive? Dive into God’s word. When you can’t see Jesus, look to the Scriptures. Don’t forget to spend some time focusing on the resurrection—Jesus rising from the dead. The two men on the road to Emmaus did. 

Luke 24:33-35 says, “And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.” Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.” Jesus is the one and final sacrificial lamb that takes away the sins of the world. Of course the resurrection happened because that was the plan all along. When you can’t see Jesus, look to the Scriptures and to His resurrection.

We all have to take the road to Emmaus. The journey is longer for some of us than others. What matters is that we don’t take the journey alone. Jesus walks with us and one day we will see Jesus as He really is. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How well do you know the attributes of God?
  2. What can you do this week to increase your knowledge of the attributes of God? 

Wanting More Of Jesus

 “After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.'” John 21:15. 

Love they say makes the world go round. More songs and poems have been written about love than just about any other subject. And yes – love is absolutely essential in our lives. From the moment we’re born until when we die. So why is it that so many people don’t experience love in their lives? Real love – the sort of unconditional love that Jesus was referring to when He and Peter had a heart to heart talk in John 21.  

There is a strong message contained in Jesus’ conversation with Peter. Each one of us can benefit from asking ourselves the same question that Jesus asked Peter: “…do you burn with love for me more than these.” What did Jesus mean when He said “more than these“? He could have meant, “Peter, do you love Me more than you love your friends, your family, or the other disciples?” Or Jesus could have meant, “Do you love Me more than you love these boats, these fishing nets, and this profession and lifestyle?” 

Peter had gone back to fishing for fish rather than for men. He and the other disciples had been out all night fishing, and they hadn’t caught anything. So Jesus could have meant, “Do you love Me enough to give up all this so you can follow Me and preach the gospel? Do you want more of Me than anything this world can offer? Do you want more of Me even in difficult circumstances?”

“Do you love me?” (John 21:15) That’s a very convicting question, a simple question we should ask ourselves: do you love Jesus? The answer would probably reflect Peter’s answer, “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” But a second question is needed. The additional question is “what are the ‘more than these’ in my life?'” The secret of service to the Lord Jesus Christ lies in the answer to the question, “Do you love Jesus more than anything else in the world?”  

If we really love Jesus, we will follow Him with all of our heart. If we really love Jesus, we will want to be like Him. And if we want to be like Him, that will change the way we think, speak, and act. It will change what we do and where we go. And still we will want more. And more.  

Your marching order as a follower of Christ is spelled out in Galatians 2:20: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.“ This life is not your own. So if you’ve died to self, there’s no more of you – only Him living through you. With each choice that comes your way, you exercise more of Him and less of you when you ask “God, how would you decide this? What would You want? I’m Yours, so the choice is Yours, too.”

Discussion Question:

  1. How would you rate your desire to have more of Jesus? 
  2. What can we do this week to exercise more of Him and less of us? 

Is it Easy Or Hard To Follow Jesus?

“When we come to Christ, we’re no longer the most important person in the world to us; Christ is. Instead of living only for ourselves, we have a higher goal: to live for Jesus.” – Billy Graham

Do you remember that one time when Jesus said those famous words that have echoed throughout history and inspired countless followers, “Follow Me and life will be grand”? It’s in Matthew or is it in Luke. Actually, it is in neither because Jesus never said it. While we may wish Jesus did express that idea, He didn’t. Not even close. It can be difficult to try to apply all of Christ’s teachings to our lives. So is following Jesus easy or hard? The answer is yes.  

Jesus didn’t come to burden us with more rules. There was a time when there was an extensive  list of expectations and regulations that each person had to follow to be right with God. But Jesus offered us an alternative to that impossible mandate—one much easier to grasp: “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

We don’t have to perform to a certain standard to earn God’s love. We already have it. We don’t need to make life harder by doing tasks we think will make God love us more. In fact, loving God is simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. Loving God and loving people—all people, all the time—is where it gets hard. Because we live in a broken world, with broken people and broken systems and broken things, life is never going to be easy. Jesus promised us that. Life will be so hard, in fact, that we should take it one day at a time. But He also promised us something else, something no one else has ever promised. He told us that He’s never leaving us. “…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Love God; love people. But that doesn’t mean we’ll have a trouble-free life. In fact, quite the opposite. Your car will break down at inconvenient times. Your iPhone will get cracked. And despite all your precautions, you may catch COVID-19. The world is full of difficult circumstances and difficult people.  

So don’t be confused about life and all of the hard, weighty decisions it brings with it each day. Make it simple. Strip away everything that’s not you loving God and loving His people (that’s everybody). Start with Jesus, and then build up from there. Life won’t ever be easy, but when the burden gets too heavy, you’ll never have to carry it alone.

Jesus didn’t come to confuse us. He came to love us and to show us the way to peace. He’s our ultimate example, and what’s more, He told us that we would do even greater things than He did.  So, go do it. Four simple words: Love God, love people. Easy or hard? Yes, it is. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. In your opinion is it hard or easy to follow Jesus? 
  2. What can we do this week to love God and love others a little better?  

A Jealous God

 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. — Exodus 20:4-5.

If we were asked to list God’s “traits” or “characteristics” or “qualities” that come to mind,  we would probably come up with: God is holy, ever-present, loving, just, faithful, righteous, merciful, sovereign and all-powerful to name a few.  But I doubt anybody would see the green eyed monster of jealously as a trait, or attribute of God. Yet in the Bible, God speaks repeatedly of His jealously. Exodus 34:15 says, “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.” And Nahum 1:2 says “The Lord is a jealous God…” 

Hear the word jealous, and images of an insecure husband may come to mind. Or that new car in your neighbor’s driveway or that new diamond pendant she is wearing around her neck. Jealously does not seem productive or positive. So how could a perfect, loving, patient God call himself jealous?  Despite any confusion, we must not reject or neglect this important aspect of God’s character. The jealousy of God is an attribute that pervades the pages of Scripture and is an essential part of God’s love. 

But to appreciate God’s jealousy we first need to properly understand it. God’s jealousy is His righteous and loving demand for exclusive faithfulness from His covenant people. If He does not care when we love other things in our life more than Him, He would allow Himself to be dishonored and let us settle for so much less than He intends us to have from life. God’s jealous love demands the best of us and our relationships.

We should all find the fact that God is a jealous God encouraging. God is jealous of us because He loves us. We are not just casual acquaintances but people for whom He cares deeply.

In the Old Testament He declared, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Mount Zion is passionate and strong; I am consumed with passion for Jerusalem!”(Zechariah 8:2). This theme continues in the New Testament, where we read, “For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2). It is the same attitude loving parents have toward their children, or a godly husband for his wife. It is an attitude of maximum compassion, maximum attachment, maximum commitment, with no room for compromise.

Remember that God is jealous toward you. That is how much He cares for you. But never forget to worship Him and Him alone.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you describe the feeling of jealousy, and when have you experienced it?
  2. Why do you think God would use this word jealousy to reveal Himself to us? 
  3. How can we remove or minimize the allure of “idols” in our lives” and look for practical ways we can give our attention and focus to the things God is passionate about?