The Glory of the Lord

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Nothing is worth losing the active presence of our God in our life. So, how can we learn to wait well?

Scripture: Exodus 32:1-34:35

Moses lingered on the mountain a long time; according the Israelites, they had waited for him long enough. They were ready to move on with the program and Moses’ delay was trying their patience. It was time to get things started themselves.

Typical of human nature, isn't it? God mightily delivers us from an area of bondage, displaying His power. Now that we’re free, we expect sweeping changes in our lives. We want to get on with the show. But time drags on. Life goes by us. Crickets chirp.

Often, God asks us to wait. I’m not sure I know anyone who likes to wait. We live in a drive-through society where we want it our way and we want it yesterday.  When is the last time you paused to savor the miraculous with God before pushing onward to the next thing?

Trying to get ahead of God’s plan never works out well. The incident with the golden calf almost cost the Israelites the guiding presence of the Lord for the remainder of their journey. Nothing is worth losing the active presence of our God in our life. So how do we wait well?

Waiting well:

  • Looks toward the future while staying present in the present. The Israelites fixated on Moses’ absence rather than God’s presence. They feared a future without a leader and therefore tried to create a new one rather than trusting in God’s plan. As you wait, embrace where God has you, trusting He is with you and that He has a way to fulfill His plans for your future.
  • Means doing what you know to prepare for what you don’t. The Israelites knew to worship, make sacrifices, and obey God. Yet they tossed these familiar ways aside for foreign rituals. Waiting on God is not a time to lose heart or try every new pursuit to end your wait. Stay active in prayer, worship, service, and learning. Through these, God will teach you to get you ready for the next step.
  • Focuses on the person of your faith, not the object of your wait. The Israelites focused on getting to the Promised Land rather than the One who made the promise. While we are waiting for God’s plan we must focus on God—the person of our faith—instead of the object of our wait.

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