When Micah returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, “I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lord for my son to make an image overlaid with silver. I will give it back to you.” (Judges 17:3)
Have you ever had a moment when someone said something that was logical to him or her but that, in reality, made no sense at all? You wonder to yourself how the person might have come to such a conclusion, and the logic simply seems flawed. Sometimes that happens with God.
People have a lot of thoughts about God, and they have a lot of assumptions about God (mostly based on the things that they learned from their parents growing up), but often those thoughts and assumptions are actually wrong. Such was the case with Micah’s mother, who wanted to consecrate stolen silver to the Lord in the form of an idol. What was the problem? Well, it was a flagrant violation of the second commandment, among other issues.
This incident reveals just how far Israel had come from its roots of worshipping the Lord. The knowledge that the people had of godly living was a great distance off from what godly living actually looked like in that time period before Christ. Since people had wandered away from God, they didn’t even bother to find out how to truly worship Him.
Before we become judgmental of the woman, we first have to ask ourselves if we know how to truly worship God. Do we study the Bible and seek to know it? Do we put the things we learn into practice? When we read about God’s character, do we allow that to impact our understanding of Him and our relationship with Him?
If we want to connect the dots as it comes to our understanding of God, then we have to be diligent students of His revelation to us: the Bible. We have to study it, know it, and allow it to change us.
Father, thank You for providing a means for us to connect the dots as it comes to our understand of You through the Bible. Please help us to be students of Your Word, and give us wisdom to know You as You truly are.