I often pray “God, help me to see that person as you see them so I can love them with your love.” I think that God gives me glimpses of others, but this week He gave me a true view from His Word. I have been reading in Exodus during my morning devotion and got a view of God’s perspective.
Exodus 32:2-4 And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.
My view: Here is a guy that just eight chapters before was in the presence of God. (Exodus 24:9) Now he is a people pleaser. On Exodus 32:1 the Israelites come to him and say “Moses is probably not coming back, let’s make a new god.” There is not hesitation on the part of Aaron. There is not a spiritual “remember what God has done for us thus far. I was just with God.” He just says, “Okay.” He went from being the voice of God to Pharaoh to a person fashioning a false God. Not exactly the type of leader that I would want, pretty much this would be a “fallen pastor” in our day. He is wishy-washy at best, and his faith is pretty weak.
Now we know Moses was gone for forty days and forty nights from Chapter 24 to Chapter 32 on the Mountain getting instruction from God. Forty days from the presence of God to the building of an idol, creating an altar for it, and planning a feast in its honor. And while Aaron is being swayed by the people, God knowing all, is still instructing Moses on Aaron’s priesthood.
Exodus 28:1 Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
God’s view: Here is a man who God has used to speak on His behalf to leaders as a mouthpiece for Moses. Aaron was one of the select few that God allowed to accompany Moses to worship (Exodus 24: 1 and 9). He was one of God’s elect, hand selected as a priest unto the Lord. God knew what was going on at the base of the mountain, and yet still spent 40 days telling Moses how to prepare Aaron, his sons and the Tabernacle.
What I learned:
1) God does not just look at our present circumstances, but sees the future He designed for us
2) When the world would write us off, God is just getting started
3) God really can use anyone
4) When we are willing, God will allow us to fulfill His destiny
5) I need to stop judging, cause God wants to use people who I would write off.