Created or Creator?

Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the clans of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:

“What wrong did your fathers find in me
    that they went far from me,
and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord
    who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
who led us in the wilderness,
    in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of drought and deep darkness,
    in a land that none passes through,
    where no man dwells?’
And I brought you into a plentiful land
    to enjoy its fruits and its good things.
But when you came in, you defiled my land
    and made my heritage an abomination.
Jeremiah 2:4-7

When we look at the history of Israel in the Old Testament, sometimes it's hard to not roll our eyes.

Example: The first thing Abraham does after God calls him is go to Egypt and lie to Pharaoh about his wife.

Example: After God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, and began leading them toward the Promised Land, the first thing they did was complain about the lack of variety in the miraculous food He provided.

Example (and this is where Jeremiah comes in): God brings the Israelites, in spite of their complaining and idolatry, to the Promised Land because He promised! But what do they do? Instead of continually praising and thanking Him for His faithfulness and goodness and provision, they begin worshiping other gods, including the land itself.

Wait. That last example sounds so familiar.

When was the last time you thanked God for all that you have? For even being alive?

Have we become so complacent and self-centered that, like the Israelites, we have begun worshiping the created rather than the Creator?

Or do we mock God by irreverently thanking Him for things that we have perverted? Like when I'm feeling down and say, "Thank God for chocolate!" while I bite into my third candy bar?

God created all these things for us to enjoy (v. 7a)! Yet when we enjoy the stuff more than the loving, gracious Father who provided them, we have become idolaters.

Try making a list of the things and people you really enjoy. Then spend some time thanking and praising God for each item. And it's okay to praise God for chocolate! But if you have a hard time praising Him for something on your list, consider whether you have been abusing that item and turning to that thing or person instead of the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you and help you place Him above all else.

And He will (1 John 1:9). Because, unlike us, He is faithful.

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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