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People do not like to wait. Loss of patience, if not controlled, will lead to wrong desires. Good leaders understand how to lead their people when plans are delayed. Aaron proved to be a weak leader. When the people became restless and impatient, instead of leading them to what was right he yielded to public pressure.
Leadership Lesson #1: Never mistake action for progress.
The people complained and blamed Moses for taking them to this spot and then abandoning them. In their frustration they expressed only a human perspective. It seems that they totally forgot that it was the LORD who had brought them here and that He promised never to leave them. This was a teachable moment, an opportunity for Aaron to remind them of God's goodness and that Moses was only God's servant doing what God had instructed.
Leadership Lesson #2: Never miss an opportunity to teach and maintain the focus on God and His Word.
Once a weak leader gives in to wrong desires of public pressure they will succumb quickly to false theology. Aaron became compelled to do something religious to appease the people. So, he hurriedly made up a corrupt system of worship, reverting back to the defeated gods of
God did not mince words concerning those who invented their own religion. He called them corrupt (v.7), stiff-necked (v.9) and wanted Moses to step aside "that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them (v.10). When Moses heard this, he began to intercede on behalf of the people. What a picture of one man standing in the gap between an angry God and a disobedient people! He pleaded with God based upon His own promises. James 5:16-"The prayer of a righteous person has great power..."
Leadership Lesson #3: Never underestimate the role of intercessor in pleading for the needs of the people.
Moses was willing to restore order and mete out the punishment God demanded. This was a tough leadership decision. He could not do it alone. First, he had to find out whom he could trust. Note: it was not a call to personal loyalty. Such a demand is a sign of an insecure leader. No, Moses' question was "Who is on the LORD's side?" A wholehearted commitment to obey God was the singular qualification at this point.
Leadership Lesson #4: Never try to go forward without unity among other leaders who are wholeheartedly committed to do what God wants done.
These are great reminders today as we witness the wavering and corruption of most mainstream denominations that still use the name of Christ but forsake God's Word and yield their theology to the pressure of so-called cultural relevance.
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The people lost vision of why they were there, how they got there, and who the real leader was. When that happens, invariably a longing for the "good old days" arises. This is the second instance where the people actually said they longed to go back to slavery!
They feared their immediate needs were not being met and so they accused Moses of not listening to them, leaving them alone, and that it was all his fault.But God was their leader. They were there by direct answer to their prayers and fulfillment of God's promises to them. They had just witnessed the incredible power of God in wiping out the entire Egyptian army to protect them. How soon we humans forget and how quick we are to blame!
The LORD planned all along to supply their needs. This was a test. He most often waits until there is no answer to the challenge without Divine intervention. How one behaves while waiting is a test. And, then our use of the resources He supplies is another test. Both are seen in this chapter.
But, isn't it okay with God to tell how you truly feel? When does expressing one's personal feelings cross the line to become grumbling and sinful?
1. When it is expressed in anger. Yes, we have all experienced hurt that leads to anger. We can even mentally justify the vengeance. The emotions are understandable, but they must be quickly resolved. Unresolved anger can destroy a person from the inside out.
2. When it is expressed with no intent to resolve anything. This is complaining to complain. Sometimes folks just like echoing bad news with no thought of working on a solution.
3. When it is expressed repetitively and based on a personal bias or agenda. Notice that this is not just a statement of disappointment, but this happens when one will not let it go. We do this when we do not get our own way, when others did not do it our way, or it is not done on our time table.
4. When it attacks and blames other people. Almost all the time, there are other humans involved. However, a spiritually mature person wants to deal with the emotion of the moment quickly so they do not miss what God is doing. When it does not make sense to us, our faith in God's goodness, His plan, and His provisions are being tested.
God will be faithful. Will we?
Thursday, June 1, 2017
God redeemed them from their past. God delivered them from their fears. God was guiding them into their future. "The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation." (v.2)