The Gold Calf
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Exodus 32:1-35, 1 Kings 12:26-28
BY Guest Writer
Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-35, 1 Kings 12:26-28
I love browsing through my childhood photographs with my daughters. It brings me such joy to watch their facial expressions as they grapple with the realization that their Mommy was once a little girl just like them. We compare hairstyles, shoes, and favorite poses. I share the stories and memories of each photo, and inevitably, we laugh at how much I’ve changed.
Every once in a while, when the laughter settles, the reality hits me that the little girl in the photographs had no idea of the future her heavenly Father had in store for her. I wish I could look my younger self in the eyes and tell her so many things. Mostly, I wish she would have believed God’s Word and used it as the foundation of her actions and the blueprint for her future.
There is just no doubt about it: God’s Word is true and every word in it is written to teach, lead, protect, encourage, and draw His children into a life with Him. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Like the Israelites at the bottom of Mount Sinai, I can become impatient and choose my own truth to follow. Throughout my life, I have had vivid memories of seasons where God’s Word, His voice, and His presence just seemed too far out of reach. It is in these seasons when my heart wanders; trusting His plan for good in my life becomes harder and harder.
It seems harsh, but it’s true: I’ve created golden calves of my own. When God seems far away, it becomes much easier to place my trust, faith, and hope in other things that are seemingly more tangible—my career, marriage, children, or excessive entertainment, just to name a few. This truth makes me even more grateful for God’s grace and the many opportunities He gives me to turn my eyes and heart back toward Him and toward the truth of His Word.
And so even when my heart becomes heavy, when my impatience and anxiousness lead me to believe God’s presence is off somewhere in the distance, God is calling me to remember that He is at work in my life and in all things. He has given us His very real presence in Jesus Christ and the very real truth of His Word.
Although I cannot go back and talk to myself as an impatient teenager, a faltering twenty-something, or an anxious new mother, I choose to remain grateful that God’s Word is true. The tablets Moses brought down to the Israelites “were the work of God, and the writing was God’s writing” (Exodus 32:16). Even now, He is writing a continual story of grace, regardless of our ability to see it in the moment. But as we learn to trust Him more, we find that His grace is never-ending, His forgiveness abounding, and His love unwavering.
Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for both tween girls and their parents. The mother of four girls herself, Wynter’s mission is to empower and equip women of all ages in becoming who God created them to be, and to support parents in raising strong Christ followers. She is the author of several books, including You’re God’s Girl Devotional and She Is Yours: Trusting God As You Raise the Girl He Gave You. Wynter, her husband Jonathan, and their daughters (ages 7-13) live in Dallas, Texas. Follow her on Instagram @forgirlslikeyou.