Understanding and accepting the One True God of the Bible takes much more effort than creating our own god. Micah and his mother choose to reject the LORD and instead make a god to worship. Micah creates a shrine for it, and even appoints one of his sons to be a household priest for the god. He creates his own standards of worship and object of worship, when the True God has already created those things for Himself. Micah wants to worship his own god in his own way. He and his family have forgotten the LORD who had rescued them from slavery and led them into the Promised Land.
We risk creating and worshiping our own god when we don’t take the time to know the LORD. We end up exalting only ourselves if we spend time worshiping what we have made instead of acknowledging what God has done for us. Micah’s people had experienced the blessings of the LORD, but chose to reject Him in order to uphold the works of their own hands. And as a result, Micah and his people follow their own desires down a tragic path of violence and corruption, all because they refuse God.
Micah’s actions seem ridiculous, but they aren’t far from what can easily take place in our own lives. Do we seek to know the True and Living God of the Bible, or do we try to fit God into a mold of our own design? We have the opportunity to discover God for Who He really is, which is an ongoing task. We can choose to allow God to mold us instead, and follow His lead into a fullness of life alongside Him. But all of this starts with knowing the One True God.