So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
Aaron collected gold from the people who were clamoring for gods, since Moses was a long time coming down from the mountain of God. Aaron took the people’s gold and formed an idol and said, ‘Here are your gods.” The people knew what to do. They worshiped and sacrificed to their golden calf then they sat down to eat and drink followed by sinful indulgence.
We’re prone to do this too, so let’s not think how crazy the Israelites were. We can become stir-crazy waiting on God. We are impatient. We take the things around us, things are not sinful in and of themselves, and we invest our heart, time and money into them. Our focus is removed from the Lord.
The natural progression of idol worship is seen here. We take what God has given and sacrifice for it. We eat and drink over it. We rise and indulge in any number of sinful practices that are an afront to our Holy God. I think the sinful indulgence comes because we’ve taken our eyes off of Jesus and are focused on that inanimate thing or activity. Eyes off of Christ will result in living in the flesh.
So what’s your golden calf? What’s mine? We will worship something or someone. Let’s choose wisely.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the many fantastic gifts You have given me. Help me to never worship them but only You. I choose to fix my focus on You today. Receive my sacrifice of time and energy and heart’s devotion. Thank you for the gift of repentance, forgiveness and eternal life! I live for You today.