In Ps 106:19-21 we read They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; KJV
The Israelites made a calf out of gold in Horeb, and worshipped the calf instead of God. (Exod 32:4).
And in doing this, they exchanged the glory of their glorious God for a carved image, an ox, they traded their heavenly Father for a calf that eats grass.
And how easily it is for us to forget God and His faithfulness of old, how easy to forget our Deliverer, who has done great and mighty things for us in time gone by.
How often we trade God away for instant relief. How do you handle a delay? Do you seek for instant gratification? This was what the Israelites did; they sought for instant fulfilment in the wilderness, they wanted a God they could see visibly, for Moses their leader, whom they saw regularly had gone for days now, so they needed something visible or tangible to hold on to, so they made themselves a golden image.
How easy to indeed replace God with things, it is so easy to turn to quick fix for our life afflictions.
What have you and I replaced God with? For they Israelites, it was a golden calf; that which they made themselves with their hands and with their substances.
Have we not traded God with our phones, internet, Facebook, WhatsApp, social media platforms, medication, counsellors etc.?
May we take time off to reflect on what is it that we have traded God for.