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Taking Sides

...then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, "Whoever is on the LORD's side-come to me!" And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. (Exodus 23:26 NKJV)

What a scene this must have been.  Moses had just come down from being on the mountain with God, most likely excited to share what God had given him in those two tablets of the law, when he saw THE CALF.  You know the one.  The one that "came out" when Moses was away.  The idol.   In his fury over the sight, Moses threw down the tablets and took that calf to the fire where he burned it and ground it into powder.  So much for the little god calf.

After confronting Aaron about the calf and hearing his brother's excuse for the happening, Moses called the people to action.  It was a moment of reckoning for the people of Israel.  They had to choose sides.  Their god or THE God.

We've all been in situations where we need to choose sides.  With the world getting "smaller" due to technology,  we have more choices today in all aspects of our lives than ever before.   Today we still have choices about what to believe or not to believe with respect to what God we serve.   How do we make our choice?  How do we know what is truth and what is a lie?

Logic says that two conflicting "truths" cannot both be true.  Therefore if we know the Truth, we can easily distinguish the lies, even the subtle lies that are woven inside some truths.  The Truth is in God's Word...the Bible.  I have read The Book, the Bible.  I have read the book "A New Earth" by Eckart Tolle.  They present two different "truths".  Both cannot be true.  I'm choosing the Bible and I know why I'm choosing it.  What side will you choose and why?  _____________________________________________________________________________

Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


Chosen With a Price

What does it mean to be chosen by God?  What is required of us?

Come find out today over at Laced With Grace in my post entitled "Chosen With a Price".

Hope to see you there!

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Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


When the Cat's Away the Calf Comes Out

And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves... They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!'" - Exodus 32:7-8 NKJV

Life and leadership principles abound in the book of Exodus.  Reading the story of the Israelites' journey to the promised land gives plenty of chances to see the errors of our own ways.  Like the people of Israel, we too lose faith when bumps in the road of life appear, and forget that it was God who brought us this far in the first place.  Then, to make matters worse, we take those matters into our own hands.  Yikes!

I suspect Moses was having the time of his life on the mountain with God as the molded calf was being crafted.  Moses was talking with and receiving instruction from God, yet while he was away, his trusted partner Aaron was being swayed by an unbelieving people.  One has to wonder how they could have possibly turned to another "god", when the real God was so close at hand!  Here are a couple of thoughts to consider:

  1. A Misplaced Faith -The people of Israel put their faith in man, not in God.  Once they started doubting the fate of their earthly leader, Moses, their faith crumbled along with their obedience to God.
  2. A Misguided Leader - The bottom line is, Aaron should have known better.  And to his credit, he did recognize his mistake, albeit too late.  Leaders need to be stronger than all the rest.  Had Aaron's faith been unshakeable, I doubt he would have helped them make the golden calf.

As leaders, we need to keep close to God so that when trials come, we can trust God's plan.  We also need to make sure that we keep pointing others to follow God rather than us.  That way, no matter what happens to us, that "calf" will never come out.

For further thought:

  • Who do I trust for my faith?   
  • Am I living on someone else's faith coat tails or does my faith stand on its own?

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Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.