God gets jealous?
My daughter took piano lessons from a Boston Conservatory teacher. Her friend Sarah studied with the same teacher. She complained that their teacher gave all the good solos to my daughter and gave less challenging ones to her. Sarah was jealous of my daughter’s talent. This is how human nature is wired and often reacts. We can’t stand anyone outperforming us.
So we get jealous.
God gets jealous, too.
But for a different reason.
God’s all-consuming jealousy will not tolerate a rival god stealing us away from the true worship of Him. “Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14
When we’re jealous of other people’s accomplishments, talent, fame, or fortune, we slap God in the face and grieve him, for we question his decisions and don’t understand his all-consuming jealousy for us. His jealous heart yearns to keep us as jealous for him as he is for us so that no other god can ever steal away our jealousy for Him!