February 11 Tired of Waiting?

Photo by Brandi Wood

Photo by Brandi Wood

Exodus 32:1-33:23;  Matthew 26:69-27:14;  Psalm 33:1-11;  Proverbs 8:33-36

“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us.  As for this Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

Exodus 32:1

* * * * *

These people whom God had

miraculously saved,

delivered out of Egypt,

sustained in the desert



grew tired of waiting,

wanted visible assurance,

something to believe in.

But a calf?

Covered in gold?


* * * * *

A ‘god’ according to Marin Luther

is anything that we fear, love,

and trust

more than the true God.

* * * * *

I, whom God miraculously saved

from slavery to sin

through the waters of Baptism

am guilty of

golden-calf worship:

When I trust my bank account

more than the God of limitless resources;

when I trust in myself,

my strengths, my ‘gifts’

rather than the Giver;

when I look to famous “experts”

at living

rather than to the Creator

of all the living.

I am guilty.

* * * * *

God’s anger burns against me

and my idolatry.

But I have One who interecedes

for me;

Who goes before the Almighty Father

and pleads with Him,

“Have mercy.

I died for her sins

on the cross.

My blood was shed for her.

Forgive her for my sake.”

* * * *

In repentance I confess my sins

and know that I am washed clean

by the blood of the Lamb.

* * * * *

Today is a new day.

I pray that I will wait patiently

for Him,

for His answers to my prayers;

that I will remain faithful

and not turn aside

to the golden calves of this world.

I will remember my release

from sin’s captivity

in the waters

of Baptism.

I will remember that I am free.

* * * * *

“And God spoke all these words saying,

‘I am the Lord your God,

who brought you out of Egypt.

You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself a carved image

or any likeness of anything that is in heaven

or that is in the earth beneath

or that is in the water under the earth.

You shall not bow down to them

or serve them,

for I the Lord your God

am a jealous God.

Exodus 20:1-5

Thank you, Jesus, for delivering me, for saving me, for preserving me in the one true faith!  Amen.


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