Day thirty-one: Exodus 32
You know those movie scenes where the teacher leaves the classroom for literally 5 minutes, leaving one child in charge, and everything kicks off? Kids are throwing things, rulers flying everywhere, a food fight erupts and all of a sudden you’re worshipping a golden calf.
When I first read Exodus 32 it reminded me a bit of this. I caught myself, as I often do when I read the Old Testament, shaming theIsraelites and ignoring how like them I am. “Lads, Moses is literally gone to get a message from God for you, calm down!”.
Verse 1 made me chuckle slightly “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us”.” Really lads, you’re ditching the God who delivered you because he’s speaking in a different way and your patience doesn;t line up with God’s timing? But the more I read, the more I realised I was just like them.
In my journey, I’ve often complained about not having a tangible guideline right in front of me. I can remember a year ago getting so annoyed at God because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing the next year, whether it was a college course sorted or a vision for what career I wanted. Now I never worshipped a golden calf or anything, but I knew within my heart that I was not really trusting God.
When God is doing something unseen, I’ve learned to enjoy the journey, knowing that the tangible things I have are not answers, by His presence, His peace, and His joy. While it seems laughable to think that Moses left for a bit and the people started worshiping a calf made from their earrings (as if that statue loved them, took them from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, brought manna from Heaven and spoke to them), how often do we get annoyed at God in our impatience.
I wonder if they looked back and thought “wow I could have used that time worshipping God and remembering that His timing is perfect… I could have used that time waiting in trust and enjoying the journey in between the answers…”
Come and see what God has done.
Question for today: Where in your life do you need to trust God’s timing?