Today’s Tasting: Exodus 30-32: In these chapters we’re told more about God’s instructions to Moses for the priests and people to follow, including observing the Sabbath. God gave Moses two tablets of stone, on which were written God’s covenant with His people. While Moses was on the mountain learning about these things from God, the Israelites grew impatient waiting for his return. They determined that since they didn’t know if he was coming back, they would make their own version of God to worship. They took the gold, which they owned and fashioned a calf and built an altar for it. This made God very angry with them. Moses begged God not to kill them in His anger, but to remember his promises to the Israelites. When Moses came down off the mountain and saw the people dancing around the calf, he became so angry at them that he broke the tablets God had given to him on the mountain.
Today’s Nourishment: It is hard to wait patiently for something, especially something as important as a sign from God of His covenant with you. The Israelites assumed that Moses wasn’t coming back from communicating with God for them. They had made a golden calf to be their representation of God. If they had waited a little longer, Moses would have been back with the tablets that were to serve as the sign of their covenant with God.
How often have you rushed into action, taking matters into your own hands, only to find that things not work out as you had hoped they would? Have you considered that if you had been more patient and waited for God’s timing instead of yours, you might have gotten a better result? This has happened to me many times. I try to make something happen that I want, and it turns out to not be the right timing for me. Although I thought I was ready for it at that point, God knew that I wasn’t. I am trying to learn to take things one step at a time and remember that when I am ready, God will be there to make things work out in the way He intended all along.
In what ways have you submitted to God’s timing lately? Does it seem to get easier for you with time, or do you still struggle with waiting on God?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Exodus 33-35