When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?”
Exodus 32:1, MSG*
Moses has gone up on Mount Sinai in personal conversation with God. The same God who so dramatically brought the people out of their slavery in Egypt. The same God whose thunder and lightning from the mountain made them plead for Him to talk only to Moses—not to address them directly.
On the mountain (chapters 25-31), God has been revealing to Moses how the people are to live, how they can remain in His holy presence.
Below the mountain, the people make this ridiculous request to Aaron—and he goes along with them.
It makes me sad. They’re so close to intimacy with God and they throw it away, unknowing.
Are we any different?
As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. He can be quiet, though, and it’s easy to forget He’s there.
We may not go looking for other gods, but don’t we chase other answers to our problems, other advice, when maybe if we waited for God’s timing and His communication we’d be far better off?
He is our Good Shepherd, after all.
Holy and mighty God, You keep reaching out to draw us to Yourself, and we get distracted and pursue everything but You. Thank You for Your grace that forgives, and that keeps calling us. Make us people after Your own heart, quiet and able to wait for Your voice. Let us truly live with You and not just go through the motions.
This is new-to-me music from Hillsong: Eagle’s Wings.
*The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
“so close to imtimacy with God”
Yes!!! Help me to wait and listen, Father!
Love the melody and lyrics you chose, Janet.
Amen… help us wait and listen indeed! I often wonder what we miss by giving up too soon.