While Moses is on the mountaintop celebrating Yahweh and His commands, the Israelites are making a golden calf and worshiping like the pagans. When God sees their revelry, He sends Moses to correct the problem. The Bible says "the wages of sin is death," and God's people experienced that reality as 3,000 people died that day. Can you imagine these people who have watched God work in such incredible ways suddenly choose to rebel against Him by worshiping a false god? While that may seem ludicrous, it is actually quite common today. We are fallen men and women, and we must admit that our sin nature wins in many circumstances and situations. One of our struggles is that we do not fear God any longer. We do not fear what might happen if we take this step towards rebellion. We assume we deserve what we have and that God would never take it away. Our assumptions are incorrect. Everything that you and I have is a gift from God, and we are expected to be good stewards of those gifts. The Israelites turned away from God and worshiped an image that had nothing to do with Him. They suffered horribly through death and disease because of their foolish, sinful behavior. The struggle today is just as real; therefore, we must learn to fear God as we strive to win the battle with sin.

Help me, Lord, to "fight the good fight of faith" as I learn to fear You. Help me to see Your victory over my sin and to always remember that "the wages of sin is [always] death."