Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
Read Exodus Chapter 32
Ex 32:2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
Ex 32:19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.
Do you remember what happened just before the Israelites left Egypt? The Egyptians were so anxious for them to leave that they willingly gave the Israelites a huge treasure of silver and gold.
Ex 12:35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
In the course of their departure from Egypt, the Lord heavily blessed them with material blessings. The Israelites had been subjected to slave labor for the better part of 400 years; therefore, they would not have had a dearth of worldly possessions, especially gold and silver. So God made the Egyptians “favorably disposed” toward the Israelites, and God’s people left Egypt with great wealth. How did the Israelites thank God for the blessings which had been given them? They pooled their gold so that Aaron would melt it down and make a calf idol for them to worship. It occurred to me that the Israelites squandered a great deal of wealth, a treasure which had been a blessing from the Lord’s hand. Our point today is: how many of God’s blessings do we foolishly mishandle today?
Forgive me for so often using men I know as examples in order to make a point. I am thinking of a particular young man, who walked with God for a while, but is now living the gay life to the fullest. This man is one of the most intelligent men I have ever known. He has an ability to learn quickly and to retain knowledge which few others possess. He was blessed by God with a brain that could be used powerfully for the Kingdom of God. Because of his choosing to live a gay life, he has thus far wasted this tremendous brainpower. Neither is he using it well in the secular world.
He has completed three years of college but didn’t finish. He currently works at two jobs, both of which are near minimum wage. Neither of these jobs requires more than a minimal use of brainpower. His contribution to society thus far has been small. Why? Because he has spent the greater part of his adult life chasing after same-sex activity. His focus on life is almost totally centered around satisfying his fleshly desires. What a waste of a brilliant mind! Enough about him.
What about us? What resources, what blessings, have we received from God which are now sitting on the shelf? How much more could each of us do for the Kingdom of God if we would but simply turn our attentions away from same-sex thoughts and actions, and turn them toward productive activities for the cause of Christ? The blessings of gold and silver, gifts from our Lord, were wasted by the Israelites, never again to be of use to anyone. Moses made them grind the gold into powder and made them drink it. Each of us needs to prayerfully examine our lives to see if we are fully utilizing all of the talents and resources we have been given by God. I don’t know what your gifts are, and you don’t know what my gifts are. Each of us must answer for ourselves.
Here are even more important questions: “How has my battle with same-sex attractions caused me to waste, or delay the use of, God’s gifts to me? Has this battle been such a huge focus in my life that my attention is drawn away from God’s will and purpose for my life? It’s not that we don’t have to spend time battling our attractions; that we must do. But I believe that if we spent more time using our minds and resources as tools to honor and glorify Christ, we would have less time to spend on same-sex thoughts and actions. For example, when tempted, how many of us turn out attentions toward productive activities instead of feeding our minds with worthless things?
Prayer: You have been so good to us, Lord. Show us the things we need to do with our blessings. We want to use them for Your Kingdom. We want to show our appreciation by being productive subjects for the cause of Christ.