Tuesday, February 6th
Devotional written by Pastor Jason McMaster, Executive Pastor
THE IDOLS WE BUILD
To read today: Exodus 32:1-5
He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
As I read Exodus 32, verses 1 through 5, I couldn’t help but pause to ask, “Why would the Israelites fashion a calf out of gold to give it their praise and honor?” It is hard to understand why they would do this, given the Lord delivered them from Egypt and, at every turn, provided for them in miraculous ways. Moment after moment, the book of Exodus recounts how the Lord demonstrated His love for them in ways that are absolutely amazing. Then, because Moses was up on a mountain for too long, they decided to create another god to honor. They put a lot of effort into it as well. Their strategy was to collect pieces of gold jewelry from the women and children, melt them down, and then fashion them into the likeness of a baby cow. How could they lift and worship something that their hands created? And yet, throughout history, we see many examples of man creating idols to worship. The word “worship” means “to give worth” and “to offer adoration or praise.”
There are many examples of things we give honor and praise. The Lord told us not to have any other gods before Him, yet there are moments when priorities can get out of balance, and we give more attention to things we build up instead of Jesus. Some examples of these include jobs, money, sex, clothing, styles, food, celebrities, sports, TV, politics, social media, phones, and even our fears. Not that these are idols by themselves, but they can become idols if our priorities are wrong. We even have examples of famous celebrities, and we are not sure why they are, but enough people invest their time and effort into adoring them.
Final Thought: Do you have your priorities in balance? There have been times when mine were not. Jesus made it clear that while there are many wants, needs, and desires in life, as His followers, we are to seek His kingdom first, and all that we need will be provided. He is faithful, and we can trust Him to be.