2 Kings 17; 2 Chronicles 28; Psalms 46; James 3
“So while these nations feared the LORD, they also served their idols; their children likewise and their grandchildren, as their fathers did, so they do to this day.” (2 Kings 17:41)
God (capital G) became one of the many gods (small g) of the land. Oh, the Lord was in the mix, but so were many other ones. 2 Kings 17:30 gives the names of several gods from Babylon, Cuth, Hamath, and other foreign nations. When one of their gods didn’t come through, they would try another, and if that one didn’t work, they’d try a third.
I wonder if we still do this today. When we need a god to support what we want and what we desire, we go shopping. God is “one” of the gods — but not the only Lord. We have other gods to whom we give allegiance to. So often, it’s God plus …
- Mammon: The big, demanding, desirable god of money — where our net-worth becomes our self-worth and our “goods’ become our gods. We say “God told me” and that becomes our excuse to break covenants and commitments.
- Asherah and Baal: Sexual immorality and porn are big businesses in America and thousands of youth worship at these altars as a daily activity.
And — those who worship these gods are also called Christians. I wonder if we haven’t changed that much since the days of 2 Kings.
Father, renew my faith in You each and every day. Remind me that You come before anything and anyone else. Re-direct my heart back to You daily! I see so much compromise and we follow other gods when You are not the most “convenient”. Please forgive us and help us to serve You and You alone!