When it really matters

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, December 02, 2019

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." Exodus 34:3

While the people were waiting for Moses, who had gone up Mount Sanai to receive instructions from God, they became restless and impatient. Then they gathered around Aaron and asked him to make them gods so they can indulge their idolatrous spirits. Aaron acquiesced to their request and made them an idol cast in the shape of a calf. In an orgy like manner, they proceeded to worship that idol, as if the idol was the God that brought them out of Egyptian bondage.

Unbeknownst to the people, God had called Moses up the mountain so he can make provision for their present and their future. Because they could not see what God was doing, they dishonored the Almighty by worshiping an idol. Their act of idolatry was not only sinful; it was also dishonorable to Moses, who was vouching for them in the presence of God.

When the Israelites really needed to exercise their faith muscle, they showed contempt for God. At the point when they should have been worshipping God, they made Aaron build a golden calf for them to worship. When they should have been expressing gratitude to God for delivering them from Pharaoh and his army, they were murmuring against the prophet of God.

It is not unusual for some Christians to murmur and complain as they wait on the favor of God. In truth, many Christians forfeit their blessings in the “not yet” stage of their lives, precisely because they turn to other people and material things instead of trusting God.

It is while waiting for the therapy to work that the sick should trust God with all their heart and lean not unto their own understanding. Indeed, it is not wise to forsake God when the business, or marriage, or career, or health is failing. When it really matters, we have to turn to God and not to false gods.

Can God trust you to remain steadfast in your devotion to his will in the midst of hardships? To whom do you turn when everything is falling apart in your life? When it really matters, will the praise of the Lord be continually in your mouth?

The Israelites were so accustomed to walking by faith; they had not fully developed their faith muscle. Thus, when they really needed to activate their faith, they asked Aaron to build an idol they could see to worship. There are things that God is doing for us that may take time to be revealed. When it really matter, we have to trust that all things will work together to the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Before you take matters into your own hands and make a sinful mistake, can I encourage you to trust and obey the promises of God in the word of God! No one who trusts in God will ever be disappointed. While you are waiting for God to answer your prayer or grant you his favor, it is wise to be patient and look to the hills from whence cometh your help (Psalm 121:1). When it really matters, we have to learn to surrender to the will of Almighty God no matter our circumstance.

It is not enough to say that we love the Lord. When it really matters, we have to demonstrate our love for him through obedience service, faithfulness in the struggle, and perseverance in persecution. We should never forget that God did not bring us this far in life to forsake us. Therefore, when it really matters, we have trust and obey.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help us to remain steadfast in our obedience to your will. May we grow stronger in our faith as we wait on your divine favor!

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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