Riding the Clouds
“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down…they gathered around and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us’” Ex 32:1.
Moses had ascended to the top of the mountain to fellowship with God, leaving the Israelites down below for 40 days and nights. During that time, they couldn’t have imagined the behind the scenes activity going on between God and His chosen leader. God and Moses partnering to accomplish God’s will. He was giving Moses the commands that would build up God’s people into a holy nation with righteous character. He was moving in ways that would steer them towards their God-destined legacy – receiving their promised land of freedom and favor. But there they sat at the base of the mountain…impatient…faithless…looking for a substitute god. The best they could come up with melted gold lumped together and placed on a platform with wheels. The god they manufacturer couldn’t even move without someone pulling and tugging. Their god couldn’t form words and wouldn’t be able to protect them. Their impatience created not only a violation against God but a sub-par and ineffective answer.
How many times do we do the same thing? We send our prayers up for God’s consideration and we wait…and we wait…and we keep looking to the horizon for resolution. Where is our answer? When will we get God’s response? What is taking Him so long? We become irritated and question if God is going to respond. We look around and determine other ways to get resolutions and take action on our impatience. Much like the lump of gold on wheels we drag around our self-made god getting even more exhausted. It cannot protect us, nor can it lead us. The only movement it makes is when we do all of the work. It cannot comfort…it cannot heal …it cannot carry us.
When we wait on God and trust that He is behind the scenes orchestrating our future, we will witness a God on wheels moving heaven and earth on our behalf. He does not need us to pull him around on a platform for He is the platform and His spirit moves within us. ‘Wherever the spirit would go, they would go…because the spirit… was in the wheels’ Ez. 1:20. ‘O LORD, my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on wings of the wind’ Ps 104:1-3.
When we cannot see God’s plan in our lives, we can certainly trust God’s faithfulness for our lives. He is riding the clouds, commanding our circumstances to work together for the best life He has for us.
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