"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.” Exodus 32:1
In this account from Exodus, Moses went up on the mountain and was meeting with God. Meanwhile, the nation of Israel was assembled at the foot of the mountain. As the days went by, Israel got tired of waiting for Moses, so they asked Aaron to make them a golden calf to worship. They stopped waiting for God and chose to worship a golden calf.
Like Israel, we are an impatient people. We want fast food, 2 day free shipping, and to stream movies and sports on demand. It is getting harder and harder to be still, let alone seek and wait on God. Rather than waiting on God, we also make emotional decisions. When I was in ministry in Utah, I was asked if I wanted to serve in Hawaii. You’d think I would have jumped at the opportunity. But I was immediately fretting about how hard or impossible it would be to raise twice the support. Fear, not God’s will, was directing my steps. How many relationships have been broken or destroyed because we react rather than seeking God or following His Word for how we should respond?
If we are not waiting on God, we are serving some other god. For most of us, that god is ourselves and comes out with the words, “I want…, I have to…, and I need..., I can’t….” We don’t even take the time, or have the patience, to see if it is God’s will, let alone, obey.
As we seek to allow God to direct every area of our lives, let me leave you with three verses to ponder on:
Psalm 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God."
Psalm 27:14 - "Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!"
Isaiah 55:8-9 - "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015
by Sam Petitfils