Blaming the Fire

Exodus 32:24 “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!”

My cat Calvin killed Bob. Bob was our pet hamster, we loved him as much as you could love a hamster (which isn’t much). But I really couldn’t get mad at Calvin. That’s what cats do. They kill rodents. And cats will do what cats will do.

We have a tendency to blame the things that will only do what they are, by nature, designed to do. When Aaron was confronted by Moses after creating the golden calf, he blamed the fire! Fire will do what fire will do. It’s not the fault of the fire that our precious jewels become idols.

If you continue to throw the “temple of God,” which is your body, into the world, don’t blame the world when you become a useless idol. The world will do what the world will do, and it can only do this with what you put into it. Your gold and your intentions with that gold, mixed in with the fire of the world, will produce what you are designing it to produce.

I think it’s time some of the younger generation starts to step away from the flames, stops blaming the circumstances for their failures, and begins the process of holy consecration unto the Lord. There’s only so long that you can continue to blame the world for your stumblings, for your idols, until you begin to sound as foolish as Aaron did in this situation. The fire of the world is not the problem. The fact that you intentionally throw your gold into it is the problem. It’s insulting to claim otherwise.

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