Author: Sallie Ross

At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal. They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull, which eats grass. They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things. Psalm 106:19-21

People in Moses’ day didn’t wait well either. Impatient with the amount of time Moses was spending on Mount Sinai with the Lord, they approached Aaron with a plan to expedite the process of moving on. Aaron’s response to Moses when questioned about the creation of the golden calf always make me cringe—clearly in recognition: “They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us’. . .So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off,’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!” Exodus 32:23a, 24

As this psalm says: “they exchanged their Glory.” There is such anguish to that phrase. I remember as an elementary school child really wanting to buy things from the school store, for myself and for others. My parents wisely wouldn’t give me money for my impulses, but I impetuously stole the money from them. I took quarters that they had in a glass bottle and used them to buy things for myself and my friends. The quarters, it turned out, were special silver quarters, worth much more than just 25 cents apiece. I had exchanged something valuable for items of impulse.

We are tempted to make those exchanges not only in monetary means but also spiritually. We may give God a token few minutes in the morning and feel that our “obligation” is completed. But rather than waiting to hear from our Father, we will have allotted just enough time for Him to hear from us. We may back down when others question our faith, not wanting to seem too overzealous, and not even certain we want to spend the time it might take to walk this person down the road to Jesus.

They forgot their God. Where are we forgetting? For what temporal possessions have we exchanged eternal possessions?

–Lord God, forgive me. You know the places where I begin to listen to You but then want faster results and so I exchange your Glory for the conveniences of this world. Bring me this day to a place where I am face to face with your Glory, and don’t let me leave until my spirit is transformed. You alone, Lord, You alone.