Exodus 32:1 – And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we don’t know what has become of him
The Israelites didn’t have permission to go up on the mount or touch the border of it, but God still wanted to speak to them. They chose Moses to speak to them rather than God in fear that they may die. Moses told them not to be afraid because God was just testing them (Exodus 20:19-20). You see, Moses told the people earlier what God expected of them and they responded, We will do (Exodus 19:8). God heard what came from their lips, but now He was testing to see what was in their hearts.
The only fear that God wants us to have is the spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). How can you be afraid of offending people, but never afraid of offending God? At one time or another, we didn’t respect Him. We didn’t acknowledge Him in all of our ways. We were doing what we wanted to do, but when you fear God, you will obey God.
But every time there is a delay, you start looking for something better when you’ve already been given the best. When things aren’t happening as quickly as you would like, you begin to act like the people of Israel. Where is God? He’s taking too long. Did God forget about me? A mother may forget her child, but God won’t forget His children (Isaiah 49:15). When something is delayed, it doesn’t mean that the thing you are expecting will not come. It just may be a little while longer before it arrives, but it shall come.
God is not taking too long. Normally, there is a delay because something or someone isn’t ready. Could it be that what God promised is ready for you, but you aren’t ready for it? God has done what He promised. The problem is that there is something that you refuse to do. You aren’t waiting on Him. He is waiting on you to acknowledge Him. He is waiting on you to accept change. He is waiting on you to humble yourself, pray, seek His face and turn from your wicked ways. He is waiting on you to forgive. He is waiting on you to say, Lord, I need You. Apart from you, I can do nothing.
If God is light and His word is a lamp unto my feet, why am I always messing up? Why is it that when God brings me out of something, I go right back into it? Because you refuse to go up and STAY on the mountain of God. You stick close to God for awhile, but when it seems like everything is going well and your prayers are answered, you back up on God. You think you don’t need Him like you did before. You think you can handle everything now. What you don’t realize is that the more you distance yourself from God, the more you become like one walking in the dark trying to find your way only to realize that you need HIM.
And the people stood afar off and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21). When you refuse to draw near to God, you will draw back to the things of the world. You will go right back into the thing that God brought you out of. While Moses was up on the mountain, the Lord showed him in the spirit all the things that belonged to him and the people of Israel. The people, on the other hand, stayed at the bottom of the mountain looking at their current situation and complaining. Because they couldn’t see what Moses and God were doing, they asked Aaron to make them something that they could see.
Go up. Draw near to God. He wants to speak to YOU face to face as a man speaks to his friend. He has no longer called you servants, but He has called you friends. He wants to reveal Himself, His plan and His will to you. The reason why the enemy deceives you and you go astray is because you really don’t know (understand) what the scriptures say and you don’t know the power of God (Matthew 22:29). In other words, you really don’t know God the way you think you do. God said, Call unto Me and I will answer you and I will show you hidden things, secret things and things you know nothing about. Isn’t it beautiful that not only God knows the plans He has for you, but He wants you to know what He knows?
God didn’t just want to bring His people out of the land of Egypt to a good land, but He wanted to bring them to Himself. Salvation and deliverance is not about having things. It is about having HIM who has all things. When you are always seeking things, you will never be fulfilled or satisfied. God wants you to seek His kingdom and His righteousness first and then those things that you have up before Him will be added to you. If moth and rust can destroy it and thieves can steal it, you are seeking the wrong things. Let us seek God to find out what we can do FOR Him and not just what we can get FROM Him.
But it is good for me to draw near to God… (Psalm 73:28).