Surrendered to the Wrong God
“And I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed My voice.” Judges 6:10 (ESV)
And the children of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, again. I like how 18th century theologian John Gill puts it, “Openly and publicly, boldly and impudently, in the very face of God, and amidst all the good things they received from Him…which was the fruit and effect of the long rest and peace they enjoyed; and which is often the case of a people favored with peace, plenty, and prosperity, who are apt to abuse their mercies, and forget God, the author and giver of them; and the principal evil, though not expressed, was idolatry” And we haven’t missed a beat since Genesis 3:5…”For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Yeah, well we know the difference between good and evil now, don’t we? And yet there is this need to plop ourselves down on the throne and think ourselves higher than we ought to think. We do it over and over again, expecting different results (can someone say…INSANITY?) and when it doesn’t go our way, we shake our fists in the air and ask…WHY? Like The Almighty is holding out on us and we need to let Him know our disappointment in Him. We treat God as if he is a vending machine that contains our favorite bag of potato chips (I like salt and vinegar by the way). We put our money in, make our selection, the bag slowly inches it’s way to the edge, with anticipation we wait to hear the bag fall and then…it’s stuck between the ledge and the glass. Grrrr!!
This is what happens when, under the divine inspiration of ourselves, we surrender to the wrong god. And who is that god you may ask…YOU!! I need to plead guilty to this as well. And it’s not that it is some new revelation I am having, as this behavior has been going on for thousands of years. I got re-reminded of it while I was teaching our church teens about what we can glean from the story of the Good Samaritan. The following example of how we behave as a society now really hit home with me. In a nutshell, we have become too attached to what only matters to us and will have no problem walking by those in need. We think it is someone else’s problem to solve, besides we have our I-pod’s connected to our heads, we can’t hear the Holy Spirit convicting us.
Romans 1:28 tells us, “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” This means that since we erase God out of our minds, He render’s us incapable of approving what is good and disapproving that which is evil. Like the end of the Book of Judges says, “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” If that is the case then not only am I shaking that vending machine until my bag of chips fall but it will give me a free bag for my troubles. After all, doesn’t this machine know who I am? Doesn’t it know who it’s holding out on?
When we shut out the voice of truth our lives become self-centered instead of Christ-centered. We become these Christian islands where only like-minded people get to live. Problem with that is…too many islands each with too little population. Sounds kinda lonely doesn’t it? But that’s why Jesus came out with only two commandments to live by. Love the LORD YOUR GOD with all your heart, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Then you both can sit on the beach of an island and share and bag of chips…if you agree to salt and vinegar I got a beach for ya!
Quote of the day: “To forget yourself does not mean to forget to thank God for His gifts. Nor does it mean that you never think of anything that has to do with you. It means that you do not make yourself the center of your world.”—Fenelon
Verse to Memorize: The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever more. Psalm 121:7-8