Exodus 24: Waiting Is Hard
This is going to be a two part post. Part one is going to come from the end of Exodus chapter 24. Part two will not happen for quite awhile (in Exodus 32 to be precise).
Exo 24:15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.
Exo 24:16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
Exo 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
Exo 24:18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
Basically, the Israelites were able to see the glory of God on top of the mountain, and they knew that Moses had gone to meet with God. However, even with all of that knowledge, they had to wait to see the end result.
Waiting is hard to do. I have heard stories about people who wanted to become missionaries, but all the details that needed to be put in place kind of fell through. You would think that these people would be doing exactly what God would want them to do. Obviously, they seem ready to dedicate their lives to fulfilling the Great Commission.
There are times when people have to wait though. God may have better plans for them down the road, and it is our responsibility to be ready when God calls to go wherever He wants us to. Our time doesn’t always match up with His time, but His time is always best.
Even Paul, one of the greatest missionaries of all time, had intended to go to Asia in Acts chapter 16, but God directed him somewhere else. Obviously Paul had excellent intentions as he wanted to go to Asia. He wanted to spread the word of God, but God had plans to put him in a different place, and that was fine.
We really need to remember that God’s time is not our time. He has purposes that we might not be able to understand all of the time, but they’re there.
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Eventually (in Exodus 32), we’re going to see what happens when we don’t wait and try to take everything into our own hands.