What would you trade your car in for? Maybe it is worth a lot, maybe a little, but let’s just say it’s worth $10K. Would you trade it in for a 96 Kia, an 89 Subaru with 230,000 miles, a bike with a broken chain? Those offers sound absurd, but it would be the first time someone traded in something that was theirs for so much less.
“The people made a calf at Mt Sanai, they bowed before an image made of gold. They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull.” (Ps 106:19-20)
I have to try to objectively ask myself the question, “What is my statue?” What have I traded in? If there is anything more important to me than walking with God, there is my answer. It can even be something as noble as my wife and kids, even they can be an idol. Mostly for us as men, it is our work, a hobby, sports, success. Whatever it is that is more important or gets more of my attention that God, at the end of the day it is a statue of a grass-eating bull.