What are you passionate about? Maybe you feel passionate about your career. Your passion may be for your spouse or family. It could be that you were given a calling at some point in your life, and it ignited a passion that is driving your life in many ways.
Have you ever stopped to wonder what God is passionate about? Many people don’t like to think of God in such human terms as passion, but God is in fact very passionate. Several times in the Old Testament God tell us that He is a jealous God. In Exodus 34:14 God says “Do not worship any other gods, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” This reminds us that God wants us all to Himself and does not desire to share us with the false things we may want to fill our lives and hearts with.
In Zechariah 8:2, God said, “I am very jealous for Zion, I am burning with jealousy for her.” God was hoping to restore the fallen city of Jerusalem, the city of His people, and He said that He was jealous for them. It was this jealousy or zealous nature that would not only bring the Exiles home, but would bring down those who had been so cruel to God’s people.
The reality is that God’s passion is for His people. It is God’s passion that brought Christ out of heaven to live in a sinful world. It is God’s passion that caused Christ to willingly submit himself to the cross for the sake of a sin filled world. It is God’s passion that continues to send His Spirit to our hearts to draw us to Himself calling us out of sin and into a relationship with the God of the universe.
God is passionate about you. He loves you enough to die for you. He loves you enough to pursue you into the darkest places of your heart. His passion remains ever searching for the needs of His children. Realize just how much God loves you today.
– Keep on your journey with Jesus.
Daniel G. Shipton