‬‬“And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭32:20‬ ‭NIV‬

This scripture refers to the actions Moses took concerning the golden calf the Israelites made while Moses was talking to God.

The Israelites grew impatient while Moses was receiving instruction from God and they pressed Aaron(the one in charge) to make them an idol to worhship. They melted down their gold objects and forged a golden calf and they worshiped it in many ways. (Im paraphrasing of course.) 

As I read this scripture, that last part really caught my attention. “he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.” 

And I think to myself,

“Jeez, that’s a little extreme”; but I kept thinking….back then, the plumbing wasn’t as good as it is now. Back then, if you wanted to relieve yourself, you’d either go out and find a cave or go dig a hole somewhere away from the community, or in some cases they’d still relieve themselves inside the camp and with necessary adjustments. 

So, look, I don’t mean to get all personal or borderline inappropriate here but think about the times that these people went to the bathroom. No matter what it is they had to do; and think about how for a moment (whether they buried it or not) how they had to have glanced at their waste as it left their bodies. 

Now think about the situation at hand and how many of them must’ve seen how the gold flakes glittered in their waste as they disposed of it. I thought to myself 

“That must’ve been quite a sight, gold speckled waste, what must’ve gone through their minds when they saw that?.” 

You know what I think they thought about? How just moments ago, theyworshiped  this material that was gathered into a different form. How just moments ago, they reveled in its presence and had laid aside the wonders God had done for them but now here it was, the idol they once worshiped was reduced to gold specks that littered their waste. 

I realized that so many of us experience the exact same thing today; how you ask?

See our idols that we set up in our own lives. Whether it’s pleasure, pain, wealth, success, power or even ourselves…..our idols are nothing before the eyes of God, they’re just waste. Our idols that so many times we get led astray by and are so ready to revel in; those same idols, are nothing but gold speckled waste.  

So, what? You ask, well for me it gave me some perspective. Paul says in the New Testament to analyze ourselves ‘to see if we are in the faith’. I try to make it a habit to ask myself where some of my pursuits are coming from. 

“Father, do I want to sing on stage because I want to be seen, or do I want to sing on stage to bring you glory?”

“Father, do I want more money to have more things, or do I want more money as a tool to bless others?”

It sounds easy and yet we seldomely do it. Friend, if you’re reading this I encourage you to examine your heart today, lest like me, you may find yourself pursuing something that seems to shine but in reality, it is waste simply made to look pretty.

Y’all be blessed, thank you-Rivenio

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