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:
- 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.
- 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?
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.