"When Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem, he carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including the gold shields Solomon had made. So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the gaurd on duty at the entrance to the royal palace. Whenever the king went to the Lords temple, the guards went with him, bearing the shields and afterward they returned them to the guardroom."2 Chronicles 12 :9-11
How many times have we settled for a cheap duplicate of the real thing? How many times has someone taken something from you and when you try to replace it, you can't afford to? Instead you replace it with a cheap knock off that just isn't as great and frankly is a little embarrassing for you to even look at because when you look at that cheap replacement it always reminds you of how great the original was.
I think that's what we do with God some times. It probably doesn't happen all at once like it did for King Rehoboam but, over time we fall into the trap of getting focused on that new car, that new house, or that professional career you always wanted. Pretty soon, the powerful spirit filled relationship you had is gone and it is replaced by a cheap knock off that the world claims will make you happy and fulfilled. But it doesn't.
Rest assured whatever the world is trying to sell you will never, I repeat never replace the original. There is only one true God and he cannot be purchased at any corner store. In fact there is no price for you to have a relationship with Christ. He paid the highest price to have a relationship with you and with me . He died on a cross to have a relationship with us. That really seems simple and it is, he is waiting to have a relationship with you. No matter what you've done and no matter how many times you've messed up he is waiting for you. It's true, I am living proof because I have a relationship with him. Even when I thought all hope was lost, he saved me.