Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Grass-eating Bull

The people made a calf at Mount Sinai; they bowed before an image made of gold. They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt-- such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea. So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them. Psalm 106: 19-23 NLT 
How could God’s people bow down to a statue of a “grass-eating bull?” Sounds ridiculous to us in our day and age. Anyone would know that the statue has no power and no connection with God.
Yet, how many of us worship the almighty dollar? We give more of our lives to those pieces of green than we ever give to God. We focus on our jobs, our bills, our credit cards, our finances when we should be focusing on the God who loves us. 
Then there are those who worship fame. They will do anything to be noticed, to be in magazines, on the Internet, on television. They join reality shows, disrobe in front of cameras and lose their honor and dignity just to have those illusive fifteen minutes. 
There are also those who worship power -- power in the workplace, the government, our schools and even our churches. Those people worship having control and making sure everything goes there way and others look up to them because of it. 
Are any of these things grass-eating bulls? No, but they are just as ridiculous when placed up against our God.
God, help me to worship you and you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012

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