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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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”