Inspired by Exodus 32:1-14
“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, ‘Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’” Exodus 32:1 (NRSV)
In the deepest parts of our beings, we want someone or something to lead us and guide us in the ways that we should go. We want someone in charge that we can depend on. We’re so desperate for something to look up to that we’ll create fictions for ourselves and impart great power and authority upon them, if we can’t find something real to fill that role.
God is the one who belongs in that role. God is the only one that is worthy, and he has the power and the authority in his own right. But God does not operate on our timetables, and we are quick to replace him with a fiction if he doesn’t lead us in the way that we think we should go, at the time we think we should go there.
Remember all that God has done for you in the past; remember how he brought you out of the land of your oppression, saved you from slavery to sin, created a safe path for you through the raging waters, keeping the waves and the currents from overwhelming you. Trust that he didn’t do all that just to abandon you in the wilderness; he is still there, and he is still guiding you. Don’t be concerned that he’s delayed in moving you towards the next step. Perhaps it is simply time for you to camp and rest right now, and he will tell you when it is time to move again.
Do not lose faith and put your trust in a fiction of your own making; trust in the Lord; he alone is worthy of it.
Let us pray. Savior God, you alone are worthy of our trust and devotion. Grant us patience to wait for your timing, that we may remain safely guided by you through this sometimes difficult life. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.