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S (SCRIPTURE): Exodus 32 "the Golden Calf"
O (OBSERVATION): The people are tired of waiting for God to show up and deliver on God's promise so they begin to look for other gods (other things, other people) to lead them.
A (APPLICATION): Every fall since moving to WI, I have used a running joke concerning idol worship. When the calendar changes to football season, people in WI divert much of their energy, time, and resources to the Green Bay Packers. So, I ask the simple question...."what time is idol worship?"...i.e. the GB Packers game. Luckily, enough people show some grace around it that I proud to still be here. But there is some seriousness in my question. Idols distract us and turn us away from God's leading. They divert attention, time, resources, effort, and passion away from God to golden calves, football teams, TV drama's, overloaded sports schedules for children, surfing the internet, failblogs, and even blog posts.
I think the biggest difference by living in WI is that the people here admit it. By asking the question...."What time is idol worship?"....is to tell the truth about what idols do...and if we recognize the distraction maybe we are not so prone to be distracted.
P (PRAYER): Lord, you are the center of our lives, continue to draw us near even and especially as we turn our attention and our lives away from you.