What did you expect?

In the first six chapters of the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, God is speaking judgment on his people through the mouth of Jeremiah.  There are comparisons to Israel being unfaithful lovers and other rather non-flattering metaphors.  One of Israel’s problems was idolatry as she adopted the practices of her pagan neighbors.  Here is Jeremiah 2:26-28:  “As the thief is ashamed when he is found out,So is the house of Israel ashamed;  They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets, 27 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.’  28 But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves?   Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.  The people of Judah were making idols and declaring them to be their gods; idols out of wood and stone, ascribing to those idols the characteristics of God.  And then when Judah got into trouble, she would cry out to God and nothing would happen.  God asks the obvious question, “Where are the gods you have made for yourselves?  Why don’t you cry out to them and see if they save you?  This attitude is so like human nature.  We make “gods” of our career and money and sex and yet when things go bad, we know these “gods” aren’t going to be able to save us.  We know they can’t meet us in our deepest times of need.  So we cry out to God.  And God says, “what did you expect?”  What kind of “gods” are you serving today?  If they are not the true God then you know they won’t be able to help you in times of trouble.  Serve the real God and He will help you.  Turn away from the false gods because what will likely happen is that these false “gods” will steal your heart and will steal your willingness to cry out to the real God for help.  That’s what happened to Judah.  I hope this won’t happen to you.

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