The book of Exodus is quite adventure filled. Moses is kept hidden from Egyptian authorities during a Hebrew baby boy genocide. He then gets adopted by the daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh. He runs away gets married and comes back to Egypt to partner up with his brother Aaron in the mass exodus of the Hebrew people out of slavery.
Intertwined between these main ideas are some pretty unbelievable details. Moses meets God in a burning bush, God brings a ton of pretty gross and even gruesome plagues to the people of Egypt, God even separates the Red Sea in order to clear dry land for His people to make their escape. Throughout his journey there have been several women in Exodus who should be mentioned.
Catch up on HELLO WOMEN OF EXODUS here.
I’m back! After a bit of a blogging break, I think Nano Poblano took the wind out of me and I hadn’t noticed until I wasn’t blogging daily.
You ever get tired of waiting on God?
(I know I do.)
Have you ever said a prayer and had the hope and optimism that God heard and was already sending angels out to answer your prayer only to get impatient after 7 days and do something rash and well, stupid?
That’s exactly what happened in the desert in Exodus 32. You see Moses had been in conversation with God and God called him to have some quality one-on-one time with him on Mount Sinai.
God had just brought the people out of slavery in Egypt and had fed them by raining bread from the sky and producing quail for them to eat. Now He was giving Moses instructions on how to lead the people. Moses being slightly naïve left his second in command, older brother, Aaron in charge of the people while he rendezvoused with the LORD on the mountain side.
I give you all of this back story to set up the scene for what’s about to happen in Exodus 32:2 So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”
Why was Aaron confiscating all the gold?
Because the people were complaining that Moses was taking too long! They wanted Aaron to fashion them a new god to follow…. one made out of gold.
Seriously?!?!? Too long?!?!?! The man was gone for 7 days!!!!!
When I realized that the wives and daughters got involved in this whole mess of creating an idol of gold due to impatience, it made me think of myself and how often my impatience fashions up fake gods for me.
Fake gods of instant gratification.
Fake gods that tell me what I want to hear instead of the truth.
Fake gods of excuses and irrational rationalization to appease my guilt and sin.
Just like the wives and daughter of Exodus 32:2 I have often collected all that is valuable and precious to me and have thrown it at the feet of swine. Matt 6:7
There were probably hundreds of these unnamed wives and daughters who removed and fetched their precious gold in order to have a tangible god.
After everything the LORD had done for them!
This makes me so sad and squeezes my heart out of conviction.
Dear, dear sisters I pray that we may refuse to be like these wives and daughters.
Let’s take on an attitude of thanksgiving instead of impatience.
Let’s rejoice in what we have instead of grumbling about what we think is missing.
Let’s hold each other accountable and encourage each other in this walk that we may see God’s glory like Moses did.
Memory Verse: Matthew 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
My Prayer For You:
Dear Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I sin in my thoughts, emotions, attitude, words and actions and Father I ask you to please forgive me. I pray that you may cleanse me of all that is not of you that I may be able to enter your presence. Forgive me for creating fake gods and idols instead of giving you all of my energy and focus. I pray for all the readers who feel the same way. Lord please give them courage and strength to renounce that which is not of you. Please help them and me to turn to you instead. We need you Jesus! Help us trust in you and wait on you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Keep Shining, Nat
Have you ever experience this type of impatience while waiting on the Lord? How did you deal with it? Any words of wisdom or bible verses that helped you maintain the faith?