March 21, 2018

Exodus 32:1 (NLT) — 1 When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.”

God never moves fast enough for us does he? Delayed gratification is something that we are not used to in the culture of today and the internet has only magnified our impatience. We can go online and order something and have it shipped to us overnight if we are willing to pay the price. We can order ‘to go’ service at most any restaurant. We call up the pizza place and the pizza is at our door in 30 minutes or less. The doctor calls in a prescription and an hour later we can go pick it up. The world is at our finger tips with cell phone in hand and the words, “Ok google” on our lips.

It shouldn’t have mattered to the Israelites how long it took Moses to come back. God had already assured them that he was taking them to the land that he had promised them. God said that he would deliver them from Egypt and he did. He told them that they would leave well provided for and they were. He parted the Red Sea and drowned the Egyptian army and provided water and food all so that his people would be sustained on their way to the Promised Land. Up until this point God had never let them down so why would he let them down now?

God might not have been moving fast enough for his people but they weren’t moving fast enough for Him either. What do I mean by that? Well all he had ever asked from them was that they would trust him and obey Him and they were not moving fast enough in the ‘trust/obedience direction’.

So when we think that God is not moving fast enough on our behalf perhaps we should look and see if we are moving fast enough on God’s behalf. How quick are we to obey what we already know to do? When we get impatient, upset, anxious, worried and on edge it is probably because we aren’t moving fast enough toward faith in God. God is always on the move in our behalf. Are  we on the move on His behalf? God isn’t an Amazon shopping cart where we can add what we want to the cart, hit the overnight shipping button and checkout. He is our heavenly Father who knows what is best for us and his timing is always right on. And sometimes he delays delivery just to test us to see how fast we are moving in the direction of faith. At other times our lack of obedience is probably hindering an answer to prayer.

Ephesians 1:10–11 (NLT) — 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

We are always better off when we let God take the lead.

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