Exodus 32:1 “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.”
Fast food has literally revolutionized the restaurant industry.
We drive up to one window and place our order and drive to the next and a hot meal appears. In today’s society, we have been conditioned to expect what we want faster and faster to the place we grow impatient if we don’t get what we want in the time we hope.
When expectations aren’t met, tempers flare, anger rises, and some lose control. The unsuspecting attendant at the window becomes the recipient of their anger as they unleash their tirade upon them.
We set unreal expectations, and when we fail to meet them, we give up readily and go in the path opposite of where we were headed. This happens when dieting, in our jobs, and in our relationships.
Impatience has many fruits.
Anger, cursing, stress, depression, to name a few.
Here in this passage, I saw how the Israelites’ impatience led them to rebel against their leadership and ask not only for their carnal desires to be fulfilled but degrade themselves to worship other gods.
Exodus 32:7-8 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”
Impatience gave them a path of least resistance.
Impatience forsook spirituality and morality.
Aaron led this rebellion and caused them to sin even greater.
Exodus 32:2 “And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.”
Aaron then organized an effort to give them an object to replace that for which they waited. Then, he gathered everyone to celebrate their disobedience.
Exodus 32:5 “And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.”
In the frenzy of seemingly unrestrained carnality, he leads them to defile themselves even further.
Exodus 32:25 “And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)”
Impatience, when gone unchecked, will allow another god to be worshipped in our lives. We feel we cannot wait. We grow uneasy, and the inactivity opens us to Satan’s attacks.
The enemy comes and whispers that God has left us or forgotten us. It may be that we have allowed sin to go unconfessed, and God’s silence has now been self-inflicted.
Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
When we have taken the correct steps to be clean and God seems to be silent, then what?
Impatience allows the enemy to trick us into thinking we have the authority and power to continue when God has asked us to wait.
Impatience gives us false expectations and a sense of authority to lead our own life when God needs to rule and reign.
One of the key ways to not give in to impatience is to set God as the only answer to what you seek.
Psalm 62:5-7 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”
Simply, to be impatient is a sin.
God has a timetable in which He works. When our schedule doesn’t line up with His, the door to impatience is unlocked. Open it, and we allow sin to take on many forms.
We become critical of those in the process and unleash the fruits of our impatience on them. A boss doesn’t promote us, and we grow impatient and leave the company to find a better opportunity.
I feel this area can become a sermon in the making. My thoughts this morning have been to recognize impatience as a door to sin in my life. Unless we can give God the unmet expectations and genuinely wait on Him, we will open that door and come into the bondage of sin.
Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Waiting has its benefits.
It is not a “one-and-done” flip of the switch in our life.
It is continually waiting at His feet for guidance and direction.
Hosea 12:6 “Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.”