Exodus 32:1 Idle Time Causes Problems

“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Exodus 32:1

Moses had went up on to the mountain to hear from God. While there God was giving him all the regulations that were to be followed. He was up there for several weeks. After a while the people got restless from doing nothing, so they decided to start to worship an idol. They had given up on Moses and chosen their own way, despite all that they had just seen and been through.

Not doing anything at all can be very dangerous for a person. When not doing anything, the mind starts to wander. It starts to think of things of this world. A person starts to dream about things he does not have and wants. He sees things others have and he wants.

It is during these times that the devil steps in and tries to get you to be restless with God. He wants you to think that God has given up on you and that you are the one really in control.

There will be times when God wants you to slow down and rest. He will tell you to stop for a while and wait on Him. The Israelites had been moving around in the desert for a time, before they got to the mountain and had to stop.

During these times, you must focus on worshipping God and God alone. Take time to study His Word more. Keep you eyes focused on Jesus. Do not allow your heart to wander to what you do not or cannot have. Stay content with Jesus and do not allow your mind to wander.

What do you do when there is idle time in your life?

Do you satisfy your sinful nature?

Or do you turn to Jesus?

I pray today that you will find fulfillment only in Jesus; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus at all times; that you will find rest in God when in times of inactivity; and that you will bring only honor and worship to God and God alone.


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