Acts 7:41 – That was the time they made a calf. They offered a sacrifice to that false god and delighted in what they had made.
In chapter seven of the book of Acts Stephen is recounting the history of events in the Old Testament leading up to Jesus coming and being crucified for us. This verse above is referring to the children of Israel who had chosen to make a golden calf to worship, their own false god. This is the sin of idolatry. The children of Israel were not willing to obey God’s Word, they wanted to do things their way instead.
We still see believers under the New Covenant doing this today. A false god or idol is when we make a god to fit our own will, what we want. That is what the children of Israel did. Because they were unwilling to obey God and do what He had spoken to them, they made themselves an idol, a false god. We do this when we choose not to honor God’s Word and therefore God’s will for our life.
For example, the New Testament tells us that we are to have a shepherd and gather with a body of believers. Yet many believers today say, “My God doesn’t care if I go to church or not”. They have made a god to fit their lifestyle. There are many more examples. Simply put, when we like the children of Israel choose what we want, not what God has said, we have made a false god. In doing so we miss out on God’s promises for us.