“I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness.”
Drifting Away From God
In these words by the prophet Jeremiah, God is reminding Israel of her former faithfulness and devotion towards Him. He goes on to bring a case against His people for straying so far away from Him.
This is reminiscent of what Jesus says to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2:4b, “You don’t love me or each other as you did at first.”
Both instances show us that drifting away from God has always been a problem for mankind and always will be until we are with Him in eternity.
In the case of the children in exile, God was totally offended at how far Israel had strayed from Him. The priests no longer sought His counsel but actually led the people into the sin of idolatry.
God then asked the pointed question, “Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all?”
Are We Leaving God?
We might ask ourselves this same question today. Have we traded our God for other gods? Have we abandoned Him and put our trust in mere people and material things? It seems that the United States has traded the one true God for many other gods that aren’t gods at all. It is interesting that nations who worship other gods are loyal to them.
Those nations who worship Buddha don’t seem to be trading him in for other gods. The Hindus, Muslims and other religions of the world don’t seem to be looking for gods other than the ones they currently worship. What makes us so different in the United States of America? What does that say about our faith?
Keeping Our Eyes On Him
God had a plan to isolate Israel. He wanted to keep her pure and undefiled by alien peoples and their gods. Today God calls us to share the gospel with all peoples and nations. He isn’t asking for physical isolation for our country, but He does demand spiritual isolation—the kind of isolation that helps us keep our eyes on the one true God—the One we loved and wanted to please when we first came to know Him.
We must not abandon our great God for those gods with a little “g”; they are not gods at all. We must remain true to our first love and return to Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We are commanded to have no other gods before Him.