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
In an attempt to fit in, Israel lost everything. A budding desire for the creature comforts of acceptance and ease resulted in total devastation and a break in fellowship with the Father.
It comes down to the question of identity. Because the Israelites forgot that what made them valuable was what God had done, what God promised to do, and who they were as a result, they became worthless.
We, too, are woefully prone to fall into peer pressure, fads and into a crowd mentality in an effort to belong. We develop formulas, strategize, and claw our way to relevance because the effects of the fall scar us more deeply than we could possibly imagine. Any time we pursue purpose and meaning in anything but God, we are forgetting who we are: redeemed, born again, and free.
The practice of renewing our minds through the Word, through prayer, and through fellowship help to remind our forgetful selves of the new creations we are in Christ.
As we continually taste and see that the Lord is good, may we never crave the emptiness that the world offers, nothing is more tragic than giving away the priceless worth that is ours in Jesus.
Gracious Father, forgive me when I get too comfortable here and take my eyes off of You, my prize. Hold me near to Your heart and lovingly remind me of the inheritance I have in You. Amen.
What do we lose when we care more about trends and what people think than what God thinks and has commanded?
Are there any “worthless things” in your life causing a sway in your affections for God?