“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.” Exodus 32:1, 9-10, 19 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.32.1-19.kjv
What do you see? The power that sight has on our actions and ultimately our journey in life is very significant. As such, we must condition our minds to see the right things and interpret into the right actions. In today’s Bible reading, despite recently committing to serve God and do His will, the Isrealites saw that Moses delayed in His return from His private encounter with God and they got restless looking for new visual markers of their god and leader. Moses was busy communing with God, receiving instructions that will shape God’s relationship with Isreal for ever. But all the Isrealites could see from their limited knowledge was that Moses had not returned and the he may not indeed be returning. Their impatience cost them significantly. On the other side, God looked down on the people in their sin with the golden calf and he was ready to wipe out all of Isreal and establish Moses forever. Thank God Moses was able to intervene and plead, reminding God of his promises to their patriarchs of old. The interesting spin to this though is that Moses himself had not seen the Isrealites at the time. When he saw eventually, regardless of his earlier pleading, he became angry and determined that they indeed needed to die, killing three thousand men. A chain reaction of events facilitated by what key players saw or could not see. The instructional piece today beyond being patient and waiting on God, is to train our sight - physically and spiritually because it has far reaching consequences. Remember that even when God made the Convenant with Abraham that Moses referred to, it was based on how far he could see (Gen 13:15). So be careful what you see. Sight is key.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your word and reminders of the critical ingredients of a beneficial Christian life. Please help me to see through your lens so that I can make decisions that will align with your expected future for me. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾