“I the LORD your God am a jealous God…” (ESV)
Imagine a dating world with no competition.
You’d be focused on your partner… exclusively. They on you, and you on them. Your eyes wouldn’t wander. And you wouldn’t have to worry about their eyes wondering either!
The trust would build. It would grow. You’d always know who to call first for comfort or guidance. Just thinking about that scenario sure takes the pressure off for some people!
This is essentially the dating world envisioned by Brandon Scott Wolf. He wanted no competition so he decided to do something about it. He set up an online dating service. Women plug in their information to see if they can find the perfect match. And guess what? They always do.
Every woman gets matched to one profile…
That of Brandon Scott Wolf!
As strange as it may sound, God doesn’t want any competition either. He wants your devotion… exclusively. As it says in Exodus 20:5, “I the LORD your God am a jealous God…”
I think that many of us understand that in principle. But if we truly examine our lives, there’s evidence that our relationship with God isn’t exclusive. We’re kind of running around behind his back.
Do we think about him just when we’re in church, or even when we’re not? Do we worship him for what WE get out of it, or simply because he’s worth it? Do we seek moral guidance from Oprah, or Jesus? Do we spend more time on our looks than in his Book?
We think that being lukewarm is sensible. But do you remember how you felt when you were in a relationship and your partner was lukewarm?
When we casually date God, we’re not keeping our options open, we’re keeping them closed.
Be exclusive with God. Trust me: It’s a match made in heaven.
If ever you had a soul-mate who could change your life, the Lord is it.
By Matthew Ruttan