We take our eyes off of God.
We wander away.
It doesn’t take any effort at all.
This is what happened to the Israelites after Joshua died. They didn’t finish the job of completely take over the Promised land. Despite all of their promises to God, they let the pagans continue to live in the land.
It was easier.
Some of the pagans were forced into being servants for the Israelites but they stayed…
along with all of their idols and false gods.
This began a period of decline for the Israelite nation.
Yes, the idols became snares for them.
Yes, the false gods became traps.
The Israelites disobeyed God and began to experience significant adversity in their lives as a result of their bad choices.
Just like we do when we choose to disobey….when we make decisions without consulting God and his truth….when we focus on our own desires rather than God’s.
Fortunately, we read over and over in the Old Testament that the Israelites also recognized their rebellion and repented. They turned away from the things that were trapping them. They turned back to God – just like we need to do when we recognize our own rebellion. Our own sin.
Dear Father, Please guide us back to you whenever we wander.