So glad you are a part of the blog. This may be my last post for a while because we are anxiously awaiting the arrival our new baby boy. When he comes, I will take some time off to be with the family. This is my second attempt at a post today...evidently I did something wrong and my whole work was lost.
The passage for Sunday is Exodus 32:1-14. In the text, the Israelite people are camped at Mt. Sinai (the mountain of God.) Moses has ascended the mountain to receive the Ten commandments and has been delayed in coming down. The people are anxious and they feel like Moses has abandoned them and that God has disappeared. So in their moment of fear, they ask Aaron (the priest and brother of Moses who was left in charge) to make an idol for them to worship. They wanted a god to touch, feel, and see, and what they got was the golden calf.
In our own lives, how many times have we bowed down to idols much like this? Don't we often succumb to idolatry when we feel alone, or feel as if God disappeared? While none of us are bowing down to statues, perhaps we should list a few idols: money, fame, prestige, ambition, family, friends, football, hunting, boyfriends/girlfriends, school, work, time, leisure, etc. Who of us has not bowed down to one of these idols this week?
Instead of falling into the misgivings of our feelings, we must renew our faith, even when it is hard to trust. So this week, as we prepare for the service, contemplate the idols in your life, and rid yourself of them. Commit to serving God, and Him alone. That is the only way to find real meaningful life.
Points to ponder or to reply to:
1. What idols do we give our allegiance to instead of God?
2. Do I allow my feelings to get in the way of faith?
3. Where can I refocus my energy to serve God and God alone?
In His Name,
Just a few sports scores if you are interested
GT over Duke
Baylor over TCU
GA Southern over Idaho
MS St. over Aub
UGA over MO on the road