In Exodus 32 Moses was up on the mountain receiving the ten commandments from God. All the sudden God tells Moses to go down to the people because there was trouble in the camp. The people had become impatient because Moses had been gone so long. They belly-ached to Aaron (who was over them while Moses was gone) and convinced him to “build” them “another” god. Read what happened next….
Exodus 32:21-24 (MSG) Moses said to Aaron, “What on Earth did these people ever do to you that you involved them in this huge sin?” Aaron said, “Master, don’t be angry. You know this people and how set on evil they are. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. This Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what’s happened to him.’ “So I said, ‘Who has gold?’ And they took off their jewelry and gave it to me. I threw it in the fire and out came this calf.”
REALLY, Aaron? You threw the gold in the fire and out popped a calf? I think Aaron had a few denial issues. Nevertheless, Aaron brings out a good point for the society we live in today. Many, many, many people today do exactly what Aaron did; they deny the truth and refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. And of course that gives way to blaming others. Sooooooo many people today blame their spouse, their boss, their parents, the authorities, the way they were raised, the economy, the church, the devil, the Internet, McDonalds, and the list goes on and on. Come on, you know it’s true.
Listen up, all of us, as we completely surrender ourselves to God, are responsible for our own life. We are to live a life of trusting God while allowing Him to be our Source, our Protector, our Fixer, our Helper, and our Wisdom. So, the first thing we must ask ourselves is, “Am I completely surrendered to God and trusting Him with every area of my life?” Next, realize that our life in the future will come as the result of our choices we make every day. If we are not satisfied with the way things are, then it’s time to make a change in our daily choices, our daily routine. And finally, realize that even when you are making right choices and completely surrendered to God, things still come against you. When this happens, don’t blame others and don’t buckle under pressure like Aaron did. Just dive a little deeper into the Word of God, put a smile on your face, and trust God like never before. HE will make you victorious and YOU will trust Him all the more. Now, put that gold back in your drawer and extinguish that fire you started; no more golden calves will be necessary.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen