When God Delays

One of the stories that may be most famous for us in scripture is the story of Golden Calf. This is a story of ideology, of the people of Israel making an idol, and worshiping it, instead of God, while God is literally right above them

And it gets bad. And it causes a lot of trouble, almost ending in their destruction. But how did it all start? What happened? Listen to what the word says in Exodus 32: 1-4:

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

generic airport delayed signThe people saw that Moses delayed in coming down. They had a schedule and time for everything to happen, and it didn’t happen on that schedule.

Moses delayed. Things did not go according to play. Things didn’t go according to their schedule.

And they turned away from God. They turn from Him and made idols at that time. Because God delayed.

God was late.

God was not when they wanted. God was not where they wanted. God didn’t do it they way that they wanted it done, when they wanted it done.

So they doubted. They turned aside. They looked away. They did their own thing. Instead of trusting in God, they did their own thing.

What about us? What do we do when God delays? What do we do when God’s schedule is not our schedule? What do we do when God’s time is not our time?

Do we turn to other things? Do we put our faith in something else? Do we turn away from God? Do we get angry and storm off?

God delayed. And they people made terrible mistakes. When God didn’t work on their schedule, they turned away.

What about us? What do we do when God delays?

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Wait

I’ve said it a million times, but it’s a true as it was the last time, every time I say it.

I have no patience. I don’t like to wait. I despise waiting.

I’m a hurry up, get it done, stop lolly-gagging, get to it, and do it, type of guy.

I can’t stand waiting. I’ve got a schedule that I’m sticking too, and waiting just drives me up the wall!

So, then, listen to the words of Psalm 62: 5-8. They are really good for me to hear this morning, and every morning:

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Wait. Wait on God. Wait in silence. Trust in Him. Rest in Him. Rely on Him.

Ok, sounds good. But why? Why do we have to wait? Why do we have to do this? Well, here’s my feeling?

Waiting reminds us that we aren’t in control. That it’s not up us. That we are not the end all and be all of creation and life.

God is in control. We are not. We are not God. Really. We aren’t. There are plans and powers higher than us. There are things that are going on that we can’t understand and won’t understand.

And so, we have to trust. And wait.

And know that God is good. God is love. God has this.

So today, you may have to wait. I’m sorry about that. Believe me, I am.

But God will bring something good out of this. That’s what He does. Today, trust, and wait.

Because God is good.

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