Today’s Reading: Judges 17:1-6
So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took five pounds of silver and gave it to a silversmith. He made it into a carved image overlaid with silver, and it was in Micah’s house.
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.
Lord God, there is none like You. You are not able to be contained by my own limited understanding. You are too wonderful. I thank You for leading me on a journey of discovering more about Who You are each day. Please help me to keep You at the center of all of my worship. Help me to exalt and praise only You. I pray all of these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 23:23-24:9; Judges 20; Psalm 45