Oprah once said that when she was 28 years old she was sitting in church when the preacher said God was a jealous God. That didn’t jive well with her understanding of God, and she is quoted as saying that she didn’t like the idea that God would be jealous of her.
First off, the preacher wasn’t saying God is jealous of you, Oprah. God is jealous when the love of our lives isn’t him. He is our rightful lover, so to speak, and gets jealous when we direct our hearts elsewhere, namely at idols.
On second thought, maybe God is jealous of you, Oprah, because of how many people worship the ground you walk on and treat you as if you as the Lord of their lives.