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Blessings or Idols

So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.

Exodus 32:3-4

The Bible tells us that the night the people of Israel came out of Egypt, they plundered the Egyptians. God gave them favor, and the Egyptians willingly gave them silver, gold, and clothing. They were enslaved for four hundred years but were wealthy by the time they left that land. God truly blessed them.

Unfortunately, before long, they used God's blessings to forge an idol they worshiped. My friends, I felt we needed to examine our hearts this week to ensure we have not turned some of God's blessings into idols. I once prayed for a family that used to attend my church for God to provide them with a house. Once they bought it, they stopped attending church because they had parties at their house every Sunday.

God loves to bless His children, but it is essential to remember that His blessings are only resources to bless others and worship God. They are for us to enjoy, but possessions should not occupy any area of ​​our hearts. Nothing and no one but God should occupy our hearts. Our loved ones, jobs, and even our entertainment or hobbies can become idols if we are not careful.

Friends, Israel's idol worship angered God so much that Moses had to convince Him not to destroy them for their idolatry. Let us check our hearts to ensure we are not worshiping what God has so generously given us. The last thing we want to do is hurt God's heart over something as silly as caring more about possessions than the God who gave those possessions to us.

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