2 Kings 16:10
And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
God had carefully established His law and the way that things were to be conducted. He laid it out very clearly, and the written law was supposed to be read and available so everyone would know what they should be doing. But somewhere along the way, God got lost in the midst of the different peoples that the nation of Israel came into contact with. A false system of worship had been set up previously, and many of the kings along the way had stuck with that false path. The idols were torn down and built up again over and over.
Now Ahaz sees a new kind of altar and copies it so he can have one, too. But there is danger in following the world’s pattern instead of God’s. We should not look at what the world does and modify God’s things to match them, but instead look at God’s way and change our world to match that. God didn’t set up His patterns for living and worship for no reason, nor did He establish the law without a purpose behind it. It was not for nothing that He warned His people over and over about the dangers of following after the ways of the world. Following God’s way is really the best way we can live.
In our lives and especially in our day and age today, where information can be shared quickly and everything is out in the open, it can be easy to fall into the same kind of thinking that Ahaz did. We see what the world is doing around us, and it seems like an okay way to do things, so we copy them instead of continuing to build on what God has established. We open ourselves up to new ways of thinking that contradict what God says is right and start questioning Him instead of the world’s philosophies. We see things that we think are working for other people and abandon the true paths in search of something else to offer fulfillment in our lives.
Let’s determine to follow after the patterns that God has laid out for us and not fall into the trap of copying the world’s false ideas. Let’s ground ourselves in His truth, studying His Word and seeking to grow in wisdom so that we can avoid anything that could lead us astray. Let’s trust that His ways really are the right ways and determine to follow them all the days of our lives. Instead of copying the world, let’s seek to follow after Jesus and the example that He left for us.