Advent: A People who forget

For today, read Exodus 31 & 32

Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him (Exodus 32:1).

Raise your hand if you’ve done something stupid in your life.

Seemed like a good idea at the time, right?

This story in Exodus 32 is absolutely crazy stupid when you think about it. These Egyptian slaves have witnessed the most amazing event at the Red Sea. They’ve been rescued. They’ve walked through the desert to the mountain and met God. Now everything has been quiet for a couple days, and so they take matters into their own hands.

Makes me think of this quote from French writer and philosopher Voltaire, who lived in the 18th century: “If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.”

I wonder how much we can relate to the Israelites here with our own relationship with God. Maybe you met God in a pretty dramatic way. Everything changed instantly. It was an emotional high you thought would never end. But it did, and you were not entertained anymore. In fact, going to church was boring.

That sounds a lot like the Israelites. Check out that first paragraph in chapter 32. This sounds like a people who have gotten bored and dissatisfied. And I think if we take this seriously, you’re not the first person to feel this way. In fact, I’m convinced we’re hardwired this way by sin and brokenness.

God somehow isn’t good enough for us. Not quite entertaining enough. So we’ll put something else in his place that’s a lot more fun or comfortable or exciting and call that God instead. God deeply desires to be with us, but we are still broken.

So what about you? Are there any ways that you love a picture of God you or somebody else invented more than you actually God himself?

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About peterjwhite

I am a pastor to college students in Tulsa, OK.
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