Wednesday Word 10.18.2017

Exodus 32:1-10

32 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.”Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’“I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.

Good things come to those who wait.  We’ve all heard that a million times.  I have had to have some serious instruction on this topic.  I can remember my mother scolding me for whining and being a general pain if I did not think something desired was coming my way fast enough.  It was a major issue in my childhood.

I am not sure when it finally sank in that impatience only irritates those around me, threatens our relationships, and ruins my experience of the moment.  When it comes to the big things, the important things in life, being anxious or impatient means that whatever time frame is at hand is going to be clouded in negativity.  If I am agonizing over something awaited, that period will be agony for me.  I will be the one making it so.  No matter how badly we want the day to arrive, Christmas doesn’t come until December 25th. I can long for it and lament that the time drags until the holidays get here or I can complain that January 2nd can’t come soon enough.  I would be impatient and risk spoiling the season either way.  We do not have dominion over time. We only have control of our own attitudes about it.

The same goes in our relationship with God. Our concept of time is not the same as God’s time.  Shame on us for insinuating that he should follow our schedule. It may be that the time spent waiting is the time it will take to learn what must be learned.  It may be that immediate action could be detrimental and the best outcome will take time.  It may be that we will never understand why we must wait.  That is okay.  God is God, not us. How we wait says a lot about us…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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