The people did evil again. They fell back into their sin and they picked up their foreign gods. They had forsaken God again and at this moment we see God deny their cries. They wanted God, but they wanted him for what he could offer, not for who He is. They wanted his miracles, but not his leadership.
In one of the hardest passages in the Bible, Israel calls out to God in pain and God answers them. “ Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in your time of distress.”
How often do we find ourselves crawling back to God in our misery? How often do we wait until our life’s circumstances are so broken and so wrecked before we turn back to God to clean it all up? We want God to fix our marriage, we want him to help us out of debt, we want him to get us through it all and we come to him still carrying the idols that pulled us away in the first place.
God denied Israel because they weren’t crying out for him, they were crying out for a prize, a miracle, a get out of jail free card. Do you find yourself seeking Christ, or seeking what he can do for you? Are your hands so full of idols you can’t reach out to take hold of what he has for you?