Daily D – Exodus 32:1
Exodus 32:1 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.”
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ex 32:1.
Impatience leads to error.
Unforced errors lose games. This is true in tennis, football, baseball, and life.
It is interesting how the Apostle Paul begins his description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4. He says, “Love is patient. Love is kind.”
I’m guessing most of the mistakes I have made in life, and there have been plenty, have been the result of impatience.
God’s delays are not denials, we have heard. Some things are worth waiting for, we have said. Patience is a virtue demonstrating confidence in God. God is never early, never late. He is always on time.
Things work out best for those who keep in step with him. This lesson was demonstrated again and again in Genesis. We will see this lesson again and again across the pages of the Bible.
In the pages of this Bible book, Exodus, the people move when the pillar of cloud lifts and goes before them. They stop when the cloud stops. This is a good rhythm to learn and to live. When God says, “Go,” go. When God says, “Stop,” stop.
Today is the fortieth day of the year. If you read a psalm a day, this brings us to Psalm 40. Verse 1 says, “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.”
David goes on to tell us what happened next in God’s perfect timing.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in him.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ps 40:2–3.
Our faithful waiting, patience, not only serves us well, it also leads others to see God for who he is and engages others in praise and thanksgiving.
Waiting is a witness.
How can we make the most of our time spent waiting? Moses prayed a couple of powerful prayers in Exodus 32. See verses 11-14 and verses 31 and 32. Waiting is a good time to learn to trust God in prayer, to tell him what you need, and to thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:4, 7). This removes the anxiety that so often leads us into impatience and its negative consequences.
Wait and pray. Pray with Moses in Exodus 32. Pray with David in Psalm 40. Pray with Paul in Philippians 4. Wait on God in the company of those who likewise waited and prayed. Refine your prayers as you strip away those desires more focused on what you want and less focused on what God wants (Psalm 37:1-8; especially verse 7). This turns waiting into a grace.
I will refine my prayer life as I wait on God.
Our Father, you are worth the wait. Your Greater Yes is better than my well-intentioned Now. Please give me the grace to wait on you. Please give me the grace to join you in an unhurried life of perfect timing and right results. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.