The Cost of Entertainment

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Sunday was not an unusual one as Sunday’s go. I got up, had my coffee with a short devotional, then readied myself for church with my peers. After church, Mark and I returned home, had left-overs and I took a nap. (I felt like I needed it as our two-year-old grandson had been with us for the past two weeks.)


When I awoke, I had some tea, went to the supermarket, fiddled around on the internet and spent some time planning our Christmas.


None of what I did was inherently evil. None of it was especially bad. I didn’t yell at Mark for anything, nor was I tempted to seek out pornography or illegal drugs.


Yet, as the day ended, I picked up the Word of God and read the following verse:


“They rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play” (Exodus 32:6).


This uncomfortably looked just like my day. My religious duty accomplished, I sat down to do exactly what I wanted. After all, I deserved it, right?


I’ve been processing this ever since.




The Israelites fell into their sin during a time in which they were supposed to be waiting on God. In fact, God had just finished hand-carving a template for them. If they had waited just a few more days, Moses would have returned to bless them with God’s direct word.


Yet, they impatiently choose to entertain themselves instead.


I wonder just what divine blessing I am missing by doing the very same thing?


I wonder what gifts I could be picking up for you in the heavenlies if I would just get off Facebook?


I wonder whose eyes remain blinded with lies because I’m not daily on my knees on their behalf?


I wonder what spiritual doors remain closed for our country because I don’t spend the time knocking on them?


“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking reverently and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 Amplified).


Will you pray for me – that I will seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness…and let Him worry about all the other stuff?


Thanks. I appreicate you.