If you have ever spent time being led by God, you probably have experienced a time when it seemed that God wasn’t leading at all. One day, you know exactly what His will is for your life, the next, you are completely unsure and are wondering where his direct leading went. In those times, it’s not time to build a calf.
In the book of Exodus, we can follow the account of Israel (God’s people) as they are freed from bondage and then begin their journey towards the promise land. God chose Moses to lead them. Moses was their symbol of authority, their leader, and their go-to man. But one day Moses was called up to Mt. Sinai on official business.
And the people waited.
And it seemed like he wasn’t coming back. Have you ever felt that way? No clear direction from God, and you feel that you have to do SOMETHING! Well, the people did do something, but what they did was nothing short of idolatry and wickedness.
Chapter 32 of Exodus tells us that they took their jewelry and decided to make a golden calf. Then Aaron said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD.” The next verse tells us that the next day that came the people offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. I honestly believe that some of the people were sincerely trying to worship God. But the manner of their worship was evil, and it was not acceptable to Lord. They had now bowed down to the God of heaven, but a calf of gold. They did not reverence God, but brought an abomination into their midst and called it worship.
I challenge you, never allow your impatience to bring you to the point that you are willing to worship God in your own way. Maybe you don’t know where God is leading you, or what his plan is, but now is the time to prepare for it. When Moses came down from the mount, there was a considerable time spent correcting everything that Israel had done wrong. If they had prepared themselves in prayer and consecration to the Lord, they would have been ready for the next step that God had for them.
So in short, if God hasn’t given you direct leading of late, don’t do your own thing and make a golden calf. Don’t decide to lead yourself and strike out in a new direction for God. Wait on the Lord. Follow His last instruction. Pray and sanctify yourself so you will be ready when God wants you to move.