It made me think of how some of us are waiting. We're waiting for something. We're waiting on God to do something, to say something, or to show us something.
The Israelites pondered for a bit, then got frustrated. They then made up their mind that Moses was gone and to never return, so they begged Aaron for a "substitute god" (The story can be read in Exodus 32).
Aaron complied, and built a golden calf for them.
When Moses was still on the mountain, the Lord notified him about how the people had become corrupt: "They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt" (verse 8).
Aaron went down and saw the happenings, and it says that his anger burned.
We're all waiting for something, but what will we do while we wait?
These past few months I was waiting on God for a lot of things, and when I'd talk to other women of Christ, they'd tell me the same thing: "enjoy your time now. Take advantage of it."
"Easier said than done," I said. But they were right.
This story of the Israelites shows us something:
1. While we think that God is up to "nothing", He's up to something.
He's working. We don't see Him working sometimes, but He is. He is preparing something for you and me, and He even has someone or some people assigned for us in the thing we're waiting for.
2. We'll never be lonely in our waiting.
It's possible to be alone, but never lonely.
He has assured us that He has sent the Comforter, One who is with us ALL the time. If you feel lonely in your waiting, it's time to re-evalaute who or what you're putting your trust into.
He has assured us that "He will keep in perfect peace He who's heart is steadfast [unwavering] on Him." Amen.
3. We can choose to HOPE on the Lord, and continue in our daily routines in anticipation to see Him take our lives by storm in due time, OR we can choose to replace Him because we didn't get our way when we wanted it.
The Israelites decided to replace Him with a golden calf, something easily made, and which could be easily destroyed.
What are you replacing God with when you don't get what you want?
4. IF we wait, the Lord promises to DELIVER.
1 Peter 5:6 says: "be humble, He will exalt you in due time." It will happen, you just have to wait. Your time will come to get married, to graduate, to get a job, to get promoted, to write that book, to run that race, to get on stage, to be who you're "meant" to be, but for now, humble yourself.
We know that He "is able to do IMMEASURABLY more than we could as for according to the POWER that worketh in us." -Ephesians 3:20.
I love the words "more than." It makes me think of how I can imagine all these things that God can do, and even gather people all around who can try to give me suggestions, visions, prophecies, pictures, wishes, supplies, etc, and God will STILL be able to do MORE THAN. Just remember that. More than.
Glory be to God, In Jesus' Name! Amen.
With love always.