Once traveling, it’s remarkable how quickly faith erodes. It starts to look like something else — ignorance for example. Same thing happened to the Israelites. Sure it’s weak, but sometimes you’d rather just have a map.
— Peace Like a River
Actually, when the Israelites ran out of faith, they started praying to cows. Which leads to one of my favorite verses in the Bible, “out came this calf”:
Exodus 32:21–24 (AV)
21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? 22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. 23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.