God is the active maker of history in Joshua’s account who took Abram’s hand and led him into a new land. Abraham didn’t seem to have much choice in the matter. I guess Abraham could have stayed in that land, clutching his false gods. Yet now God became the God of Abraham and his family. Worship of the self (our false gods), exaltation of ourselves, liberates us from taking God seriously so that we might think ourselves ever more religious. Sadly, our self-worship leaves us lonely and isolated. The Holy Spirit becomes identified with the human spirit. God the Creator takes a back seat to us as creators of the people we wish we were. God the Son and his demands are overlooked by an increasingly demanding, deified self. This can be a self-destructive path.