Sunday, August 3, 2014

Who did it?

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. Exodus 32:1

It seems that the people of God forgot who it was that actually brought them out of the land of Egypt. This is a recurring theme with Israel, and it is a reminder to us to be ever mindful of who we follow and who we trust.

Every day of our life is a journey we are taking, and as God's children, He has brought us out of Egypt (the world) and is taking us on to the promised land where our inheritance lies.

So as we journey along, who do we look to? Who do we trust? Some person who God used along the way? Some person that we look up to? It's good to recognize and show honor to the people God uses in our lives, but we must always remember who we are following.

So often, God's people are following a person, and when that person fails, they are devastated and can't go on. Or when their leader passes on, they lose all sense of direction. Paul encourages the Corinthian saints to be followers of him, but insomuch as he follows Christ.

I often hear people say about something that happened; "that was definitely a God thing." It is important to recognize the hand of God in our lives, but the way it is expressed, makes it sounds like most other things are not "God things." Is God only leading us when we see the miracles (plagues of Egypt, crossing of Red Sea)?

How much better to recognize that God is always leading us and instead of worrying what happened to that man, "Moses," we continue to follow our true leader, Jesus Christ. When we are following close to Him, we will see His hand in everything, not just special situations.

Because the children of Israel were focused on Moses, as soon as he was not in sight, they turned to something of their own creation to help them. How often do we turn to our own imagination when we should be trusting the One who set us free.

 It seems that from time to time, God stops us or slows us down so we can take time to consider where we are in our journey, and make sure we know that He is in front. He already knows the entire journey and goes before us. Let us always trust Him, not just in word, but in our actions.

Gordon Crook