That’s an interesting question. What Iniquity Have You Found In God? But God himself asked His people that very thing. Have you found a problem with God?
In the beginning of the Book of Jeremiah we discover that Israel has turn its back on God. The people left His commandments and His ways. They turned to worshipping the false god Baal, the godhead of the Canaanites.
God said, “The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit” (Jeremiah 2:8).
Earlier, God asks a very piercing question.
“Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” (Jeremiah 2:5)
This is a profound question. God asks what “iniquity”, or in other words, what wrong have you found in me. What shortcoming caused you to leave me and to turn to something empty and transient as Baal.
The word vain, in “have walked after vanity, and are become vain”, translates from a word meaning breath or vapor. God is asking what have you found wrong with Him, the everlasting truth, who is a constant, to cause you to go after some false deity. Baal and his religion, are mere vapor, transient and temporary but worshipping him does come with some very real and everlasting consequences.
God is righteous. He is the truth. God is from everlasting to everlasting. He does not change nor does He lie. God is the creator of all things. So with this knowledge, what have any of us found wrong with Him? As God asks, “What iniquity have your fathers found in me?”
Why would any of us leave God and walk after “vanity” and “become vain”, chasing after vapor? There are many reasons.
Some people have to accept the fact that God is holy, pure and righteous. God is right and there is no deviation from this fact. So, if there is a problem it isn’t God. It’s a problem within our self. For some, this can be difficult to come to grips with. As a result, they don’t accept it and simply walk away from God.
Some people will chase after instant gratification. This puts self, not God at the center of all things.
Still others seek out a god, a religion or a philosophy that best suits their personal lifestyle. They search out for what conforms to their way of thinking. In the case of Baal, worshippers would have drunken orgies as part of their rituals and worship. They would also offer sacrifices, including human babies. It was all justifiable. It was part of their religion. Baal allowed it.
Sex, drugs, alcohol and abortion (Baby sacrifices) are still practiced today.
But all choices have a corresponding consequence.
“Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:11-13)
Let’s stop here for a moment and address the question of what iniquity have we found in God that would cause us to leave Him? Is there anything wrong with God? Do you feel He is unjust, unloving, uncaring or maybe even cruel?
Or is God’s iniquity the simple fact that His ways don’t align with your ways. So, you go about doing as you please, joining Churches, groups and organizations that support your personal beliefs and precepts and not God’s?
God’s response to the Israelites was “my people have committed two evils”. You have forsaken me and you have chosen something that, metaphorically speaking, can’t hold water.
“What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me?” It is an amazing thing to see God to ask His people what shortcoming they found in Him to cause them to run off to some false god. God asks the question in full knowledge of the answer. The question is for us to contemplate and hopefully realize that there is nothing wrong with God. There is no “iniquity” to be found in Him, only us.
“They are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” This too is a question God knows the answer too and is meant for us to think about.
It all boils down to this. God is perfect, true and everlasting. False god’s and false religions are vapor, they are vanity. They cause us to err. The consequences can have permanent ramifications. Fortunately for us, God sent His only son to be the propitiation, the atonement for all of our sins. All we have to do is to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and follow His commandments.
Is there any iniquity in God? No. Is there iniquity in us? Yes. But the answer to our sin problem is Christ.