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Monday, February 11, 2013

Going too far

Exodus 32:1 thru Exodus 34:35
Over the weekend we read about God's instructions for His dwelling place and how Aaron and his sons were to be clothed as the priests of Israel.
Something that is very interesting to me is the fact that God spends only one chapter (Genesis 1) of the Bible speaking about Creation; the creation of heaven, earth, day, night, land, sea, plants, animals and man.  Only ONE CHAPTER.
But when it came to the creation of His dwelling place, the place where He would live among His people, 50 chapters of the Bible are dedicated to it.
I believe this shows how important we are to God because His Word puts more emphasis on His living among us than on His creation for us.
God so desires to be a part of your daily life.  He really does want to do life with you.
And He wanted to do life with the Children of Israel, but as we read today they did something that made God want to wipe them out all together and start anew with Moses.
And it was the fourth word in our reading today that really struck me…
When the people saw how long it was taking Moses… Exodus 32:1
The people of Israel had their eyes on the wrong person, Moses. They were looking at Moses and when they could no longer see him they assumed he was lost. And seeing how he (their only connection to God) was lost, then God too was lost.
So we see Aaron compromise and appease the people by giving them what they asked for… another ‘god’ that could lead them.
Just a few days back we read where Pharaoh was in talks with Moses, and he too was trying to get them to compromise. He told Moses, Ok, go worship your God. Just don’t go too far into the wilderness. Exodus 8:28
See, the Enemy does not mind if you come to church, just don’t go too far and Love God, Love People and especially don’t Serve Others.
He does not mind if you take Jesus to work, just don’t go too far and share Him.
He does not mind if you put a little in the offering, just don’t go too far and give your 10 percent plus your offering.
He does not mind if you give God your heart, just don’t go too far and give Him your whole heart.
But, you will never get all of God until you go too far and give Him all of you.
Another thing I thought was quite interesting was that while God was giving Moses instructions about setting Aaron apart to be a Priest, Aaron was making another god for Israel to worship.
Makes me wonder how many times God was preparing something for me and I too took my eyes off Him and worshiped something else.
So my prayer today is this…
You are the only true and living God who loves me even when I make mistakes or replace you with my own manufactured golden calf.  Help me to always keep my eyes on you and when I can't see you, help me to trust you even more.

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