“Counterfeit gods if you fail them will never forgive you, and if you get them will never satisfy you. This is the only God who will — Jesus and His resurrection.”
— Tim Keller
Water. It’s required for us to drink in order to survive. We can go weeks without food, but only days without water. Our bodies even tell us when we are thirsty. And yet we often grab more food to quench our thirst. It’s not until we’re feeling thirsty that we realize we’re already dehydrated.
We do the same thing with our relationship with God. Some of us are spiritually dehydrated. We are walking around looking for the wrong things to quench that ache in us that only God can fill.
Over the last year and a half I was suffering from extreme anxiety and depression. During that time I was very distant from God. I never went to Him until I needed something. Instead, I found myself shopping a lot. Spending money on things to help make me happy. I remember how satisfied I felt paying for the items at the register. But when I got home, that lonely empty feeling was back. It took me a while to realize I was making shopping, spending money, and food my gods.
Jeff Bethke, a christian author, Youtube star and speaker, came out with a video a few years ago. It touched on the topic of “Counterfeit gods.” I love this quote from his video where he says,
“What’s on your throne? What do you chase so you don’t feel alone? What defines you? What do you give ultimate worth? If taken would bring ultimate hurt? Now see that is your god.”
You may be thinking things like sex, alcohol, money and drugs are counterfeit gods. Since you’re not addicted to those you think you’re fine. But counterfeit gods come dressed as many things. For me it was shopping. I was filling my home with stuff while spiritually dying of thirst. Did you know you can make your spouse, kids and family counterfeit gods? It’s anything or anyone you place above God himself.
In Romans chapter one, it talks about people knowing God but choosing other things to be their god.
“Yes they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshipping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshipped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.”
You may think, “how could people worship statues of reptiles over God?” As far fetched as it sounds we do the same today. This goes for Christians and non-Christians alike. Sometimes I even think it’s easier for Christians to have counterfeit gods. Sometimes we can get to the point where we think our good works and religious laws are what draw us closer to God.
What’s on your throne? What are you putting before God? Are you experiencing the loneliness of the empty promises the counterfeit gods offer you? Why are you running from God and not addressing the elephant in the room?
I encourage you to sit down and ask these questions to yourself. Find out if you’re really giving yourself the spiritual water you need. If you find out you’re not, then now is the time to talk to God. Maybe even reach out to a trusted friend who can help keep you accountable.
Just know you can restore God as number one again. Yes, He’s still there. Loving you even when you choose something else. He is the only thing that will ever satisfy. Let Him do that today.
Did you find this post helpful? If so comment below. Also, I want to hear how you knew you were putting other things before God.