Jeremiah 2:29 (NiV) “Why do you bring charges against me? You have all rebelled against me,” declares the Lord.
The people of Israel at the time Jeremiah wrote this were convinced of their own “goodness”. “After all”, they reasoned, “we’re the people of God”. It is the same today – many people I meet are fully convinced of their own inherent goodness. They keep nice homes, believe in equal rights, keep the speed limit (mostly), eat healthy and pay their taxes so they figure God should be looking out for them. When things don’t go as well as they expect it should, they are tempted to blame God for being unfair. But look at verse 28 “Where then are the gods you have made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble! For you have as many gods as you have towns, O Judah.” We don’t think this applies to us, but it does. Our entire culture is wrapped up in the god of SELF. Self-indulgence, self-reliance, self-help and doing what satisfies my “self”.
Instead of living in the realization that we were made by God and for God’s purposes, many of us are sold out to our own agenda, our own desires and our own plans. According to this thinking, God is supposed to be there to help US as if He is our servant, seated in the sky to make everything peachy and pretty for us “nice” people. But when the chips are down the god of self does not have the power to deal with the serious troubles we will encounter in a world full of people who pursue evil. So we need to make a decision to put God at the center of our lives, not as an afterthought.