Have you ever been in a store that had a sign posted on the
wall that read: Unattended children will
be given an espresso and a free puppy?
When I read about the lives and behavior of the Israelites in Exodus
chapter 32-34, I was reminded of this sign.
children that seem to have no disciplinarian in sight. They are acting down-right naughty!
me, you have found yourself acting like one of these children on occasion. Regardless of where you stand, God says, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I
might destroy you. Now take off your
ornaments and I will decide what to do with you’” (Exodus 33:5 NIV).
with us, when we decide to act like selfish, immature children? Consequences of sin, lack of blessings and
favor, broken relationships…
But more important, if God does not go with
us, people will not see the radiant face of Jesus shine in and through our
from their idols and wicked ways and worshiped God (Exodus 33:7-10). That is a powerful story!
Moses prayed as a friend of God:
does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased
with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people
from all the other people on the face of the earth” (Exodus 33:15-16 NIV)
As you go about your day today, know that
the Lord, your God will do the very thing you ask of Him because, He knows you,
is pleased with you, loves you, and walks beside you cheering you on (Exodus
you by name?
the Northwest Ministry Network. She is
passionate about helping people discover God’s greatest potential for their
lives, not only in her role as director but as a Gallup Strengths Coach.
Northwest University, is a current master’s student in Organizational
Leadership at Gonzaga University and is an Ordained Minister with AOG. Angela
lives in Fall City, WA with her husband, Mark and her two boys who keep her
world real and alive.