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)
Oprah is a smart woman. Strike that. She is brilliant. I don’t buy it for a second that she did not understand what that preacher was saying or, even if he misspoke or misunderstood, what scripture is talking about when it says God is a jealous God. No matter when “in her twenties” this took place, she was a rising news anchor either in Nashville, Baltimore, or Chicago. She knew how to get to the bottom of a story and if she chose, she could have done the research to know reality herself.
Personally, I don’t think she ever bothered. I think that much of the spiritual life of her twenties was spent battling whether she would use her growing fame to serve God or herself. Her backstory has been so expertly micromanaged by the Oprah machine that we will never know for sure what was really going on. Whether this incident is truth or a public excuse, Oprah has played on a misunderstanding of the phrase “jealous God” to justify her walking away from Him.
React: There are more that I could chose from, but here are ten scriptures that talk about God being a jealous God: Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:24, Deuteronomy 5:9, Deuteronomy 32:16, Joshua 24:19, Ezekiel 23:25, Joel 2:18, 1 Corinthians 10:22, 2 Corinthians 11:2, James 4:5
Through these, two things are clear: 1) God is jealous of our worship. He will not share. You cannot serve both God and ___________. No matter what your mind fits in that blank, it cannot be done. The reason for that is because 2) God is jealous for us. He wants the best for us. He doesn’t want anyone or anything to rob us of the potential greatness for which He has created us. But any time we are serving ourselves or anything other than God, we are becoming less than we could be. Our greatness is found only through surrender. Surrender was something Oprah, and all too often you and I, simply cannot do. We rob ourselves of our own potential when we do anything other than that for which we were designed. That is why God is jealous for us.
God, I am so thankful that You are jealous for me. I am so glad that You care, You passionately care for the best of and from me. Help me to never put anything else above You. Help me to never share my worship with anything besides You. Let there never be any, “God and…” Let my eyes only be for You. Let my love only be for You. Be the first, best, most, and only in my life.