Expectations, Fears, and Golden Calves
“Why God? Why?” I prayed.
What was wrong with my plans? I expected my life to follow this path. I expected to be in a different season of life right now. I expected [fill in the blank]. I was frustrated and hurt because things weren’t going my way, and I couldn’t understand what God was doing in my life.
“Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
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.” Exodus 32: 1-4
Moses delayed. The people had to wait longer than they expected. When God's timing didn't meet their expectations, they panicked. Their faith in God was gone and they took matters into their own hands. They created a god of their timing, of their sinful will, instead of trusting God. They neglected the God who freed them from their bondage, who protected them, provided for them, and loved them. They threw it all away for a golden calf shaped and molded by man.
Expectations can kill. It can kill relationships, it can break hearts, and it can hurt our walk with God.
Why? We think things should happen a certain way and take a certain amount of time, because inside we have a vision of the way things should happen. When they don't, it leaves us hurt, confused, and maybe a little bit scared. We wonder, “Where is God?” If it's not happening now, will it ever happen?
"We don't know what has become of [Moses]!"
Their uncertainty led them to sin. In their fear and doubt they didn't turn to God. They didn’t run into His arms or trust that He has a greater purpose. No, in their uncertainty, in their broken expectations, they turned to sin. They turned to a statue made of gold created by man’s hands. Because, to them, if they could only reach out and touch their god - if they could just lay eyes on it - surely it could provide what they needed.
They disregarded their past experiences, the hand of God freeing them, parting the sea, providing for them, and protecting them.
Fear gives us blinded vision for the moment which causes us to disregard past experiences and shut our eyes to future promises.
Instead, [tweetshareinline tweet="we should look it in the eye and say, “My God is bigger. My God is greater than anything I might face." username="delightandbe"] His plans are greater than my plans. His timing is perfect, and I am going to Trust in Him!”
About the Author: Meghan is a 20-something wedding photographer, entrepreneur, twin, book lover, and child of God who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She loves spending time with friends and family, digging into God’s Word, and exploring His beautiful creation. Meghan and her twin sister have a photography business and are beyond blessed to be able to work with and serve amazing couples on their wedding days. View her website or follow on Instagram.