Webster’s dictionary defines the word “déjà-vu” as “a feeling that one has seen or heard something before, usually something unpleasantly familiar”. Judges chapter 2 verses 11-23 presents a very puzzling reoccurrence in the life of the nation of Israel. I wonder if Israel experienced some “spiritual déjà-vu” as they were in the cycle of going after the gods of the Canaanites. This would inevitably lead them into bondage where they would cry out to the true God of their fathers and He would send them a deliverer. Yet as soon as they were free from the bondage of worshipping these false gods they would return back to what enslaved in the first place. The question is: Why would anyone want to trade a personal relationship with the true and living God for an idol that is the invention of man’s mind?
Saints the truth is: Mankind is afraid of the exact God they need and would rather serve a god of their own creation than, the living God they can’t control. The gods we create are the gods we want in our own flesh:
- A god that we can pull out only when we need it, then put it away when we don’t want to be bothered.
- A god who is impressed with our effort and works and rewards us for it but never takes away any points when we don’t live up to our own standard.
- A god who judges others for the very things we do ourselves but chooses to over look our actions, while judging theirs.
- A god who grants us paradise regardless of how we live and consults us as to whom should go with us.
But these gods are of our own making and nothing more than a figment of our imagination! Worship them will only lead to our own destruction. So why not learn a lesson from the Israelites and stay away from “spiritual déjà-vu”; worship the true and living God who you can’t control!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!