Taking Matters into Our Own Hands – Part 1

Devotional for Today, April 25, 2018

“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…’” (Exodus 32:1 NIV)

One of the worst times in the history of Israel was when Moses was up on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments from God, along with instruction for the setting up of the Tabernacle.  The people felt that Moses was taking too long, and they asked Aaron to make a golden calf for them to bow down to.  They brought down God’s judgment upon themselves so that if it had not been for the fact that Moses interceded for them, they would have all been destroyed in that valley.  How did the people go from being delivered by the Lord from bondage in Egypt, having the Red Sea opened for them, and getting manna as a provision from heaven, to making an idol to worship in the place of God?  What was the downfall of the people of Israel?  They couldn’t wait for God; they took matters into their own hands, and they were almost destroyed by it.

That’s how human nature works, doesn’t it?  We’re all impatient by nature; and the worst mistakes happen when we can’t wait for God’s timing.  Just because we don’t see God doing anything, we think that God isn’t doing anything.  If only the people of Israel could have seen that right at the moment when they were corrupting themselves by indulging in revelry and idol worship, God was planning blessings for them, that he was planning worship and a priesthood and all kinds of provision for them.  The Lord was planning something beautiful and they almost blew up the whole thing.  Why?  It wasn’t because of demons or the Egyptians or other enemies.  No, it was simply that they couldn’t wait.  Haven’t you and I ever done that?  We’ve got to see something; we’ve got to feel something; we’ve got to know what God’s doing.  Moses was up on the mountain forty days and forty nights, and the people of Israel felt, “This is going on too long,” even though they had been in slavery for four hundred years!  And because they couldn’t wait, they got into trouble.  So can we.  No wonder the Psalmist David said so many times, “Wait, my soul, upon the Lord.”  He had to speak to himself, saying, “No, I feel you getting anxious and wanting to do something, but wait, oh my soul!”

Today, if you are anxious about God’s timetable, don’t take matters into your own hands.  If you do, you’ll lament that day until you die; and you will have tears, not because you bowed down to a physical idol as the Israelites did, but because you got ahead of God.  The truth is that you can’t beat God’s timing.  He’s working out something beautiful for you.  Just wait!  Wait on the Lord, for he’s going to come through for you!

Read Exodus 32:1-10.

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