As you go through the journey in the desert, you may see several things about your heart that had not occurred to you before. Just what you are giving your heart to is something only God knows. This hot desert acts as an X-ray machine, revealing the inner workings of the heart.
So we find we have been bowing down to the refrigerator. The New Testament talks about greed as idolatry. “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). Why is greed idolatry? Greed is idolatry in that we are trying to get things for ourselves. We do not believe in our hearts that there is a loving God who will meet all of our needs, and we certainly do not believe that He satisfies our wants. What if God does not have good taste in foods or material possessions? Who would want to include God on a shopping spree? He may not let us have upscale, brand-name shoes.
And what do we know of God’s timing? Perhaps His watch is broken or He is helping people on the other side of the world. We do not want to bother Him with details. We may think, “To get in good with God, it will be best not to bother Him until we need the big stuff, right?” Wrong!….