Text: Exodus 32-34; Proverbs 6
As the Israelites are encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai, they are receiving an incredible blessing – a covenant with the Living God. Imagine what they are experiencing. Miracle after miracle happen to their benefit. They have seen the manifestations of lightning and fire and smoke, a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, and they have heard the trumpet blasts and even God’s voice. I don’t know about you, but I would be both impressed and afraid of God. But, people being people, their sin nature gets the best of them very quickly. Exodus 32:1 reads:
When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
The rest of the story is of the golden calf. What catches my attention about these opening words is that it was a one-two punch that got the people in trouble. First, what God was doing (delivering to Moses the greatest revelation of Himself in human history at that point) was hidden from their view. Out of sight, out of mind? Perhaps, but it is probably more the reality that what is unseen demands faith, and often faith can fall short. The second matter is impatience. God often makes us wait. What do we do while we wait? Often, we take matters into our own hands. The result? It is always bad. So- here’s a challenge and an encouragement: Are you waiting upon the Lord for something right now? If so, do not waver. You have no idea what is going on in the unseen realm right now. Wait upon Him. Do not take matters into your own hands. To wait upon the Lord always is the blessed choice.
in Him, Mike