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The Israelites, God’s chosen people, witnessed some of the most incredible miracles recorded in the Bible. They were rescued from slavery, they saw the Red Sea part and they watched bread fall from heaven daily in the wilderness. You would think that after seeing God move in such amazing ways, they would follow Him without wavering. But when Moses took too long talking to God on Mount Sinai, they began to have doubts and made a golden calf to be their idol. The Psalmist writes, “[The Israelites] exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God, their Savior.” (ESV)

The Israelites remind me of my heart’s tendency to turn to other things and forget the miracles I’ve seen God work on my behalf. Instead of idolizing a gold calf, my heart chases a false sense of control, material possessions or a relationship that replaces God as No. 1. When I do this, I trade His glory for the idols described as “worthless things” in Psalm 135.

When I put my trust in idols, I become like them. Psalm 135 says, “They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them!” (ESV)

As a result, I’m unable to carry out the plans God has for me—plans that are far greater than I could ever imagine.

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