The Lord is a jealous God. He wants our dedication and service. He does not want to share us with any other. A husband or wife wants fidelity in a marriage and does not want to share the other with any one else.
Exodus 20:5-6 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
A Jealous God
The Lord is a jealous God. He wants our dedication and service. He does not want to share us with any other. A husband or wife wants fidelity in a marriage and does not want to share the other with any one else. God demands loyalty in our relationship with him. Often in the Bible God likens a lack of faithfulness on the part of Israel and his people to committing adultery or fornication. Spiritual adultery and spiritual fornication is much like the physical. It betrays confidence and a vow. It is taken what is not your own and using it for unlawful purposes. When we bow down to the world or put anything before our relationship with the Lord, we are committing spiritual adultery on the Lord. Just like there are consequences for fornication and adultery in this life, there are consequences for committing spiritual adultery on the Lord. The Lord said he would visit the iniquity of the fathers all the way down to their great grand children. The children are the ones who usually suffer in a divorce due to infidelity. The children are also the ones who suffer when parents get out of church or away from the Lord when committing spiritual adultery on the Lord.
Praise the Lord he is merciful and if we repent and get right we can go on with the Lord. Even in marriages when infidelity occurs, it is best as New Testament Christians to try and reconcile the marriage and go on. When we commit spiritual adultery on the Lord and whore around with the world, we need to get right and go on. There is mercy with the Lord if we try and keep His commandments. It would be best to never commit spiritual adultery on the Lord. He is a very jealous spouse. He will not put up with His bride cheating on Him. Thank God for the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ so that we can go on with the Lord. Make sure you are not bowing down or serving the idols of this age. You might not be bowing down to a statue but you could be bowing down to something else just as bad like a dollar, another person, or anything else that has come between you and the Lord. Seek the mercy of the Lord and get right today if you have been whoring around with the world.