By: Kyle French
What are you waiting for?
Right now, in this moment, what are you waiting for?
At the moment…
I’m waiting for the end of the day, when all of the kids are in bed and I get to spend some uninterrupted time with my spouse and to enjoy the relatively few hours of sleep that we get on a daily basis.
I’m waiting for the day when reality TV stars are not actually “celebrities,” and don’t get to be idolized for whatever it is they are famous for (can anyone ever keep track).
I’m waiting for the day that I can make it through the day without feeling disappointed in the way that I have treated or at least thought about treating my children.
What is it for you?
If we are honest with ourselves, sometimes waiting, doesn’t just mean beingpatient. Take for example, Israel’s fascination with the golden calf:
1When 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.” 2 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.” 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 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!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” 6 And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
When going deeper into the story, it really does not seem that the people of Israel were so concerned with the time it took, or even if Moses trip had taken a tragic turn, but more so with the lack of control that they believed was delaying them. In this instance, their desires were manifested in the ability to create for themselves someone/something that they could control. Surely, we could afford them some grace, but since we are able to stand outside of the story, let’s get a better look.
Perhaps, the concern for Moses not returning was too overwhelming, after all, we are not talking about him going up just a little mountain. The Scriptures tell us that Moses climbed Mount Sinai for his visit with Yahweh, which stands at an elevation of almost 7,500 ft., or close to a mile and a half tall. For reference, it is roughly the equivalent of Mount St. Helens (8,366 ft.) out in the Pacific Northwest. On top of which, he is not stepping out from his stay at the local Hilton, Israel has been roaming for years now without a true home to call their own.
If Moses would have passed away on his venture, Aaron would have been the next one up to lead the people of Israel, as he is a high priest and the brother of Moses. Unfortunately, he was easily persuaded to oblige by the demands of a wicked and “stiff-necked people.”Furthermore, earlier in the text we can see that Yahweh acknowledges the leadership giftings of Aaron while Moses was concerned with his own.How short-lived as not only did Aaron create an idol for the people of Israel, he attributed to the idol, their departure from the violently oppressive Pharaoh of Egypt. Obviously, it is easy to see that Israel was not just concerned with the waitingper se, but they probably felt all alone again with no leader to speak of, and no protection from the Egyptians since they had no land yet to call their home. In hindsight, God surely knew what he was doing…like always. Especially, as God and Moses exchanged frustration with their people being so willing to put their faith in what they can control and what would do as they say. But the story was all but wrapped up with a bow, before the universe even came into existence.
Just like the Israelites, we are living inside of the story that God has already prepared for us. However, all too often it doesn’t always feel like it’s all going according to plan. I’d contend that for most of us, we are not so much concerned about the waiting…as long as we could be able to control the outcome. Fortunately, God doesn’t operate that way!
Whether we see it or not, our lives are far more horizontal than we believe it to be and our lives are far less vertical than we would like to believe. What I mean by that is this, our lives are far more interconnected with everyone else than we are capable of seeing and connecting. Imagine how dominos fall, one onto the other, that would be our understanding of how we understand the consequences of our decisions. But to God…those dominos are infinitely multiplied, all of them going in an infinite amount of directions. Virtually every decision we will ever make, will have had some level of interaction from someone else. Granted, it can be a rabbit trail of possibilities, even with some of them being of miniscule importance. To God, there is no detail to small and all of them are working intricately in His sovereignty. Which leads me to my next point. Do we ever take time to realize the depth and flow of which God works? It can be incredibly difficult to feel that we don’t have control but take a look at who is. The One who is able to see all the pieces perfectly in their places, and the One who has orchestrated a plan to redeem us of sin that even our best statisticians would say is impossible. He is the only God, there is none like him, He alone is worth worshipping.
To conclude, are we willing to be a people that trusts more so in the Lord than in ourselves? For what it’s worth, I pray to God routinely in hopes that the words of Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” would be a reflection of the position of my heart. Yet in all my effort I struggle to understand his goodness, but fortunately it is by the work of the Holy Spirit that I am able to find strength in my weakness. May we be a people that is more concerned with the will of the Lord than that of our own accord. For there is no one great than our God.
1 Chronicles 17:20; Psalm 86:8; Jeremiah 10:6