The people had forsaken God, and then they created idol gods which could never help them. We do the same: we forsake God and go our own ways, create idols to worship after our ideas and desires and even sins. And then we cry out for help and no one comes…
13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
27 They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’
and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
They have turned their backs to me
and not their faces;
yet when they are in trouble, they say,
‘Come and save us!’
28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves?
Let them come if they can save you
when you are in trouble!
Jeremiah 2:13, 27-28
When Jeremiah is given his words from the Lord to share with the people of Israel, the issues boil down to two sins. I would suggest these two sins are common to us today.
The people had forsaken God, and then they created idol gods which could never help them.
This is what we do. First we decide that we know better or we want to have things our own way. And so, we turn away from the Lord and toward ourselves. This can be blatant or this can be subtle. It can happen in an instant or it can happen over time. Our pride and our self-confidence fuel a fire of independence in which we believe that we are different, our circumstances are different, and so our response should be unique to us.
We forsake God and go our own ways.
The second thing we do is to create idols to worship which are fashioned after our ideas and desires and even sins. We say that we worship or believe in a god who… fill in the blank. For some, it’s a many-roads-common-destination god. Do what you want because we all get there eventually.
For others, it’s a combination of gods we have heard of and our own self – as long as I feel good and healthy I know I am connected to god. We create god after our own ideas and desires.
The True God in heaven says when we do this we are turning our backs on him. And when we get into trouble, we cry out to the God of our youth and say, ‘Come and save us!’ Of course, no one comes. Because gods of our own making are cisterns which cannot hold water.
Seek the true God. Hold fast to him. Never depart from his love and care and grace and commands. You will not be protected from life happening, rather you will be protected spiritually while life happens.