When God appears to be silent, we must be patient. In Exodus 32 on their journey through the wilderness to the promised land; the children of Israel had to wait for Moses to come down from mount Sinai where he was meeting with God. God was instructing Moses and preparing him with laws about how life should be when they get to the promised land. However, the children of Israel became impatient and started to complain. They asked Aaron to build them a pagan god to worship. They stripped themselves of their jewelry to build an altar and a golden calf. They reverted to the pagan worship they learnt in Egypt.
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.”
So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me.”
All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!” (Exodus 32:1-4)
All along while Moses was on the mountain, God was preparing Him, God was working behind the scenes; what they could not see or hear. The word that Moses gave them; to wait until he comes back, was not enough for them to believe. Instead of trusting God who had brought them out of Egypt miraculously, they grew impatient, their hope had ran out, they no longer believed because for them the object of their faith was gone, Moses was no longer there to lead them. They acted impulsively and foolishly and it lead them into idolatry…complete disobedience. They brought destruction on themselves.
If you do not wait on God, you will obstruct your own blessing and your impatience may lead you into idolatry. The Israelites idolized the promised land, instead of choosing to honor God in their heart throughout the whole process. Their focus was just the promised land not God and a life of worship to Him. So consequently, it lead them into idolatry because their thought was that they will get to the promise by any means; even if it means bowing down to other gods.
God cautioned Moses and Moses quickly returned and they were punished for their sin of idolatry. Those who did not stand with God were killed; so they did not even enter into the promised land (Exodus 32:25-35). Don’t be led into disobedience because of your impatience, you will miss out on your blessing. Wait on God and worship while you wait.
Do not idolize the promise you may have received from God, you may grow impatient when God seems silent or things are not going at the pace you desire. This may lead you into making decisions that do not honor God. God is more to you than the things that He can give to you. God should reign in you heart, your connection to Him should be out of pure love motivated by what Jesus Christ did on the cross and not because of promises and blessings.
Impatience leads to rebellion
Rebellion leads to disobedience
Disobedience leads to idolatry
Idolatry leads to destruction
Worship While You Wait
Patience leads to obedience
When you wait on God, you will not devise your own plans. You will not obstruct your blessing by standing in the very way of the hand of God over your circumstances. Waiting patiently on God without complaining is an act of obedience.
Worship Keeps You Connected
Choosing to worship instead of worry, means that you believe that God is sovereign and faithful. You are affirming that you are focused on Him and not on your circumstances. It shows that you honor Him with your life and attitude.
Prayer Keeps You Pushing
You need to be constantly connected to God. He is your source, everything else is fleeting and temporary. When you choose to continue in communion with God, you remain connected. Prayer also strengthens you and helps you to remain patient and continue trusting God. The communication releases your inner thoughts and burdens and you gain godly wisdom and strength. It’s an opportunity to constantly tell God that you know He’s present and active and He will continue to strengthen you for the journey.
Faith Leads to Hope
We have to exercise our faith in God. If we claim we believe in Him then we must have faith. We cannot please God without faith. God responds to our faith not complaints or doubts. We have to believe that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.
Remembering Leads to Gratefulness
Bring back to your remembrance all the good things that God has done for you and continues to do. Remember how He once fulfilled His promises to you; this will lead you to assume a grateful attitude. We must relate to God with thankfulness. Do not become ungrateful or bitter because God desires for you to wait on His timing. Had the children of Israel remembered that God miraculously brought them out of Egypt and used Moses to lead them; they would have offered up thanksgiving while waiting, instead of practicing the pagan worship they once learned in Egypt. They said Moses was gone and they don’t know what to do and offered their praise to the golden calf instead. Listen, when you remember the goodness of God, it keeps you being grateful. When you don’t know what’s going on or what to do, start thanking God. Do not revert to your old ways, keep your eyes on the cross and away from yourself and your situation.