Saying to a tree, “You are my father,”
And to a stone, “You gave birth to me.”
For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face.
But in the time of their trouble,
They will say, “Arise and save us.”
But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves?
Let them arise
If they can save you in your time of trouble.” — Jeremiah 2:27-28
As I was reading Jeremiah 2, I came across these few verses that talked about how the idols that the individuals during that time were worshipping would not be able to save them. I remember seeing it and thinking, “God’s a real O.G.” because He speaks with authority and tells it like it is. God doesn’t keep anything from you and doesn’t hesitate to correct you out of His love and that’s incredibly admirable and cool.
But, I digress.
I saw it — especially towards the end — as God basically reminding them that these things they serve cannot do the same things God can. Proof of it, even though they ran to their idols, they’d always run back to God when they got in trouble.
While reading this, I couldn’t help but think about our society and the similarities. For example, lately it seems the big thing is to worship crystals. I have not taken the time to really look into it and to be honest, I am really not interested in doing so, but it’s definitely a trend now. I’ll see people wearing certain crystals around their neck because it keeps them from getting sick or placing certain crystals in their house to protect them from harm.
But these definitely aren’t the only idols. Marriage can be an idol. A relationship can be an idol. Even food can become an idol, if we allow it. My point is, we’re probably more idolatrous or more prone to it then we’d like to think. Just because we aren’t worshiping stones or doing ritualistic dances to ward off spirits, that doesn’t mean we aren’t just as prone to worshiping something other than God.
With that said, can any of those things save of us?
Can a man or the promise of one bring us salvation?
Could another man give us the beautiful gift that Christ gave us freely when He died and rose again, so we did not have to face the punishment we deserved?
Can crystals renew us and redeem us?
Or as God says Himself, “Let them arise if they can save you in the time of your trouble.”
Do those gods you follow help you in your time of need?
God is a consistently faithful God and He’s mighty to save. You don’t have to say a little prayer seven times or carry around a crystal for that, either. He’s with you all of the time and He desires to be with you. He sacrificed His ONLY begotten Son to be with you. It’s not a matter of can God save or if He’ll save you, but a matter of do you accept His gift? Are you willing to give up the crystals, the idols, and whatever else to make your heart available to Him?
Even today, regardless of what you did yesterday, if you’re willing to give your entire heart to God, that’s good enough. He doesn’t need you to be perfect nor does He expect you, too. But, if we’re too busy filling our hearts up with these idols that we’ve been filling them up with, how can we be available to the Lord God Almighty? How can we expect to have a relationship with Him, if we’re too busy having a relationship with these temporary things? I am writing this to you, but I am also saying this to myself because anything can be an idol. We’re always susceptible to idolizing things, so we have to be careful.
I am not saying this to condemn anyone or act as if this is something I do not struggle with myself. I am definitely not expert in mastering this, but I know God is working on me in this area. However, I am simply writing this because while reading these verses, I was reminded that anything can be an idol and that we have to be careful and vigilant of these things. Anything that we are placing higher than God is an idol and those things cannot save us. Those things cannot do what God can do for us, and God’s been reminding me of that quite a lot. It’s so easy to get caught up in ourselves and our own schedules without realizing that we’ve been leaving God out of the picture. It’s only once we fall apart and realize that those idols we’ve been chasing cannot save us that we realize we need the one who saved us already and has been all along.
God is honestly so merciful, though. Even though we can be unfaithful to Him and even though we make mistakes probably more times than we can count, God doesn’t change the way He views us. He doesn’t stop loving us simply because of these things. He corrects us, because He doesn’t want us staying that way. He withholds His wrath and gives us another opportunity to try again.
I am thankful for this and I pray to God that we may all grow in this area. That when we are tempted to make idols of things and even when we get distracted by our own desires and goals, that we may be reminded of Jesus and our need for Him. I pray we may be reminded to focus on Him and that we may grow in our desire for Him each day.