“They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, ‘Do not do as they do’” (2 Kings 17:15).
If we aren’t careful, the gifts God gives us can become idols. God blesses you financially, with a career, or with a partner, but those blessing can become more important than God Himself.
Even our relationship with God can become selfish in nature. God can become the means to the things you want when the promises He has made are more important than the Lord Himself. Have you ever found yourself on a particular life-track and you realized you never asked God if this is what He wanted? When you were applying for college or considering a job offer or wondering should I move or retire? Sadly, we will consult the school counselor about our potential career, consult our financial advisor, seek the wisdom of a colleague. But do we go to God in prayer and seek His opinion? Have you asked God, “What do you want from me?”
Unfortunately, we accept Jesus into our lives and then ask Him to follow us. It is a subtle selfishness: “I want the God of the universe to revolve everything around me.” Why is it we are not willing to go all in? We are scared God is going to have an agenda different from our dreams.
Yet, we don’t need to fear God because He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. God has a personality that loves to provide. The reason God does this is because He wants to see if we are going to trust Him. How much do you trust God?
Adapted from “All In—Sort Of” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis