Rely on God's Wisdom
The Israelites wanted Aaron to build an idol for them to worship. They were impatient, restless, and tired of waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain where he was receiving God's commandments.
Aaron thought he had a clever way out -- he would demand something they would not be willing to give. So he asked the people to give up their gold and jewelry. Surely they would not agree to this and would retreat from their insatiable desire to worship idols!
Not a chance! In relying on his wisdom instead of God's, Aaron attempted to appeal to the people's materialistic desires instead of the fear of the Lord.
Be careful in relying on your own wisdom when you are faced with pressure from other people or the temptation to take the easy way out. Don't trust your own cleverness when dealing with your weaknesses. Your wisdom, strength, and ability will always backfire.
Aaron did not think the people would part with their possessions. He did not understand that people by nature are willing to spend their fortunes, whether large or small, on their pleasures. He did not understand that human behavior generally gives up everything to support an addiction, whatever it may be.
When the Israelites put their jewels at his feet, Aaron was caught in his own clever snare. Now he was compelled to make them a golden calf, and when they saw it, they were delighted -- even though God had forbidden what they were doing.
Aaron knew, like many compromising Christians, that his decision and actions were wrong. We are all accountable for what we do. Remember, no matter how hard we try, human cleverness can lead to compromise and sin.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this Truth today. Forgive me for relying on my own cleverness. I pray for Your wisdom and Truth to mark my words and actions. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, 'Whoever is for the Lord, come to me'" (Exodus 32:25-26).
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