- Exodus 32:1-33:23
- Matthew 26:69-27:14
- Psalm 33:1-11
- Proverbs 8:33-36
The old testament reading is pretty familiar to those who have been exposed to church or the Bible. (I separate those purposely because I know from experience that just because people are exposed to one, they may not be exposed to the other) The Exodus writings are of the famous golden calf. Just a few days ago in chapter 24, Moses & Aaron, along with Nadab and Abihu and 70 elders, had gone up to the mountain and “saw the God of Israel.” (Ex 24:9); they saw God and they ate and drank. (vs 11)
Then today, the readings open up with
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. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.Exodus 32: 1
The Israelites, who God called out of slavery, were getting impatient with Moses because he had been on the mountain, in a cloud for forty days and forty nights, according to Ex 24:18. Moses had been receiving instruction from God on how to proceed through the desert, how to worship and how God was going to provide for his people while going to the promised land.
While Moses was up on the mountain, the people grew impatient, so they put on the peer pressure to Aaron. Yes, the same Aaron who had just ate and drank with God, about 40 days ago, less than 2 months!!
I want to ask, “OH, you mean by this fellow, you mean Moses….the one who dragged your ungrateful self out of slavery? The one who went to bat for you before Pharoah and taught you how to protect yourself from the plagues of death? The one who, by the hand of God, appeared to have parted the sea? You mean THAT fellow? Geez, what an impatient bunch of Israelites you are! No wonder you stayed in slavery so long!”
But the truth is, I get impatient too. I build golden calves too.
I’ll get on a roll in my health and fitness program, start feeling good, but then the scale doesn’t seem to reflect a weight loss quick enough. I get frustrated and quit, or find the next quick weight loss program. GOLDEN CALF. The key to health and fitness is consistency, it takes time. If I’m constantly starting and stopping, how can I ever expect long term results? Consistency! Which reminds me, I really need to get back on that consistency thing. (deep sigh)
When I started selling real estate back in 2007, it was a horribly bad market. There was a crash that happened in the market and houses in the Houston area were sitting for months and months and selling way below market value. I picked a bad time to make that move. (again, deep sigh) But that didn’t stop the get-rich-quick- mongers from trying to sell realtors stuff. I heard someone say one time there were 3 ways to make money in real estate, 1) sell property 2) invest in property 3) sell stuff to realtors. YEP! There seemed to be emails and mailings coming all the time to me while I was getting my license and afterwards, saying if I bought and followed such-and-such program I could make a million bucks in a year! I thank God, that He led me to an agency owned and led by God fearing people who cautioned me to steer clear of those schemes, because honestly, I don’t know, maybe I WOULD have bought in to their manipulations?!?! My mentors told me to just stay the course, follow the plan, work hard, market my product, learn, grow, stay consistent….and so I did. I am proud to say I did well in real estate by selling property. But it didn’t come quick. There were a couple of really lean years. By the grace of God , through prayer and hard work, I eventually became successful. In the end I felt grateful for those hard years because later in my career, before we moved to Kansas, I was able to mentor others with the same advice my leaders said to me.
Sometimes, I think God wants us to just work hard and work through it. Ya know?
So ANYWAY, back to the Word. Furious with the apparently still in slavery, Israelites, God sends Moses back down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. ( vs 15-16). Honestly, God was about to wipe them out, and Moses stood in the gap for these wayward wanderers and the Word says “God relented” (Ex 32:14)
But Moses didn’t. He went ballistic! He destroyed that golden calf and rebuked his relative Aaron. Whew boy, I encourage you to read this because its pretty descriptive what Moses did. Yikes!
As I write this seventh post of mine, I have 5 followers. One of which is my husband. I’ve had 9 readers, and 3 of those have been my husband and my two daughters. The desire that God has put on my heart is for people to find my website and grow closer to God through my writings. I pray that this tablet be the work of God; the writing be the writing of God, engraved on the tablet. I want people to find it and find hope in Christ.
But I’m new here right? I’m having to fumble across how to build a blog, then how to build a following. Do I have to invest in the “upgrade”? Do I need to promote it through social media? Should I be submitting this somewhere? I think I may have felt this way when I built my real estate business, too. I wonder if I could find those spiral bound journals if they could give me hope for my dreams?
I have a desire to write a book, and share my testimony. A couple of weeks ago, Jared, my pastor, encouraged me to “just start writing”. “Start with now” and then see where it goes, see where God leads you, he suggested. So that’s I’m doing. As I’ve been writing for the past seven days, I’ve been thinking of perhaps putting together a “devotional idea” and submitting to publishers. I have all kinds of ideas…..I pray to look back on this journal in a couple of years and affectionately remember “the lean years” like I do with real estate.
But Oh, Lord, don’t let me build any golden calves! Don’t let me fall for any “get published fast” schemes. That’s not what this is about. Its about you, my dear reader. Its about you growing closer to God. If God can use my testimony and reflections to draw you closer to Him, then mission accomplished! If God can build this, and or a book to take us in to retirement…..even better.
Lord, I trust that you inspire the hearts of your people. I trust that you have inspired my heart. I trust that you have great plans to prosper your people, to give us a hope and a future, as promised in Jeremiah 29:11. I pray for the person reading this today, that you give them encouragement to stay the course. Hold fast to the vision that you have given them for their lives. I am sorry for the times that I get off track, and I thank you for guiding me back to the path you have set before me, and I pray that for the reader too.
What idols have you looked toward to rescue you when things aren’t going your way? Is there an action step you need to ask and pray that God help you with?
Has God set a desire on your heart? Have you prayed about it and it just doesn’t seem to go away? Perhaps God is calling you to a leap of faith.
Have you spent money or time in programs that just are feeling like a waste of effort and resources?
Slavery comes in all forms, friends. Drugs, alcohol, pornography and other addictions that may seem like they’re going to help us feel better, however, trust me when I say, I KNOW this is not the answer. These addictions are mind altering. Mark 12:30 says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND and with all your strength“. God wants to free you from slavery. Please get some help with a professional or seek out the pastor at a Bible based church. PLEASE, its never too soon or too late to get help.