I needed to do well on my spelling test. I studied all night, memorized the list, but now, the most important step. I quickly reached into my pants pocket and grasped my lucky rabbit’s foot. Feeling the sharp claws protruding from the fur, my eight-year-old heart was reassured.
I carried a rabbit’s foot for many years. There was no rational reason except I thought it could only help my life, and I didn’t stop there. I added a good luck frog from Japan, a jade Buddha, even a cross, given to me by someone seeking a handout on the street. Oh yes. Hedging my bets. Stacking the deck. You can have it all, even as a young child. All these and other cliches were fulfilled in my quest to have every god and auspicious amulet on my side, even if I didn’t truly believe any of it. I was hoping that one would someday emerge as the triumphant deity, the all-powerful warlord of destiny.
So they feared the Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.
2 Kings 17:33 (ESV)
After hundreds of years of idolatrous living, Israel was conquered by the Assyrians. The Assyrian King sent people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim to live in the land. These people also brought their gods and continued to worship them. The remnant of Israelites attempted to teach them to worship their God, which they accepted but continued to worship the other gods.
My behavior was no different from the peoples who settled the land of Israel. Seeking to be in sync with my naive concept of cosmic justice, I thought I could it have it all and serve all gods, oblivious to the obvious contradictions. Years later, the One True God, revealed Himself to me and I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Only then did I truly learn that I can have it all, through belief in Jesus Christ!
As a child, I carried many gods with me, hoping that one would someday triumphantly emerge. As an adult, God rescued me and revealed my true destiny did not reside in a rabbit’s foot but in an eternal relationship through faith in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.