Moses, sharing all that God had told Him, what He had planned, what they were to do in his absence, stayed with God to receive all the gifts God wanted to impart to His people. He was gone a long time, and the people strayed.
People have short attention spans. Instead of having faith in God’s promises, believing in all the things they had seen, they became needy of a god to worship. They had had idols for so long during their enslavement, that they now (thought they) needed one now to make God present. Moses quickly gathered the Levites, all who made the choice to follow God and then showed their belief by striking down all those who did not choose to return to God.
Trouble strikes, life becomes overwhelming, you begin to feel like you can’t take anymore. Maybe you just feel empty, you have no one to turn to for friendship, maybe you yearn for companionship. You’re bored, uninvolved, lack direction.
What do you do? Turn to alcohol, drugs, illicit sex, pornography, gambling, gossiping, picking up bad habits; whatever it takes to feel good. Unfortunately the good is short lived and just makes the wound, the hurt, the ache, the need greater.
What do you do to keep God in front of you? Do you wear a cross? Do you think about what it means or is it just a nice necklace? At work, what is in front of you to help you keep your Christ like attitude? Some would say that Christians with their crosses, symbols, books, etc, have created our own idols and that having or showing these things are a form of idol worship. I say that for some, this belief is a possibility; however, I believe Christians have these ‘things’ to be reminders. When I touch my cross I wear, it reminds me to pray. When I see my Bible sitting on my desk, it reminds me to keep my mouth and attitude in check. When I listen to music in my car or home or work, it remind me to worship God. What do you do to keep God in front of you? How do you keep from turning to idols?