Near the northeastern border of Israel stand the remains of a place of worship. A metal frame outlines where a large altar had been. This place of worship was established nearly 3,000 years ago, because Israel’s new king didn’t want his people returning to Jerusalem to worship the Lord God in the temple there.
So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; Behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt. 1 Kings 12:28
It is more convenient for you to worship here close to home…no matter that it is a golden calf instead of the Lord God.
That convenient worship led to the downfall of the kingdom.
…Then Jeroboam drove Israel away from following the Lord and made them commit a great sin…So Israel was carried away into exile from their own land to Assyria… 2 Kings 17:21-23
Thinking of this makes me wonder if my desire for convenience has affected my worship of God. Am I willing to worship and obey God when it is hard or “inconvenient”? Will I stay true to God and my commitments to Him no matter the cost or only if I can work it into my schedule?