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 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.