Stress is a funny thing. As a race, when we are placed under stress, we revert back to the most survival like behavior. For the children of Israel, that meant worshiping false idols like they saw in Egypt.
Ironically, the people could see God working up on top of the mountain. They heard his voice, he fed them daily, he led them by pillar smoke by day and the pillar of fire by night. Still, after only six weeks, they abandoned their freedom and chased selfish warship of a golden calf.
We are little different than the children of Israel. When stress becomes great, we revert back to the people we were before Christ took control. Instead of a calf, we worship cars, entertainment, sex and power. Our altar is a flatscreen TV or computer screen.
As we will see, both then and now, such worship is futile and destructive. We, as his children, must cling to him, and worship him. As we do, he can bless us protect us and guide us. It takes faith, courage and discipline, but he will even provide that if we allow it.
We must decide to trust him in all circumstances or we will become slaves to sin and stupidity. Worship NO other God before him
God Bless You
When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.”
So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me.”
All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron.
Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!”
Aaron saw how excited the people were, so he built an altar in front of the calf. Then he announced, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the Lord!”