In the remote desert near Mt. Sinai, there is a place frequented by visitors. At first glance, you notice nothing different about this place. It is just another steep, stony mountain rising from the barren ground. But with a knowledgeable guide and vivid imagination, you discern a distinctly bovine shape within the rocks. Etched into the cliff by years of erosion, is a permanent reminder of Israel’s sin (Exodus 32:1-6).
The people had grown impatient waiting for Moses to return. They felt like their leader and their God had abandoned them. So they made their own god, a golden calf forged from the spoils of Egypt. Their Lord had freed them from slavery, but now they willingly submitted to the bondage of idolatry.
How impatient we are. We often think that God should abide by our schedules, and if he does not, we feel he has abandoned us. We become distracted and turn to serve idols of our own making. Work projects, soccer practices, cheerleading competitions, golf games, and playtime too frequently compete for the time we should give to God. Let us make a recommitment to the first commandment and remember to place God first in our lives.
Prayer: Almighty Father, the one true God, when we are tempted to turn from you to serve false gods, grant us the patience and faith to know you are always with us and that you alone deserve our worship and praise, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh,
Vicar at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.