As humans, we have a tendency to create God in our own image. This God we create acts according to the system of morality that is in agreement with our lifestyle. Also, this deity can be coaxed into granting our desires if we perform certain rituals. In the Bible, Isaiah the prophet addressed a nation that had fallen for this same fallacy. Let's just say, it did not end well.
Have you ever felt that you have been forgotten by God? it seems like God has discarded you and He has moved on to someone else. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. You have not been forgotten. God has a plan and you can trust Him.
There is a negative bias against Christianity in our culture today. However, this development is not really new. In Acts 28, the Apostle Paul had to communicate the Gospel message to an audience that let him know up front that their opinion of the Gospel was negative. His passion and methods are worthy of our consideration.
God has gifted every believer to function within the the body of Christ (the church). If one part of the body ceases to function then the whole body suffers. Some Christians selfishly refuse to employ their spiritual giftedness in the church while others think their giftedness is not important. Both are wrong. The church needs every believer and every believer is important. How are you using your spiritual giftedness to build the church?
There are times in life when we must admit that something in our lives is broken and we can not fix it. We have been our own worst enemy. Our sinful actions and attitudes have led us to a place of brokenness, and we need God to intervene. At such time, we must come to God on His terms and not ours. There is healing. There is restoration, but it must be done God's way. At Mount Sinai, the children of Israel were in such a predicament. Their sinful actions had brought devastating consequences, and now they wanted to be restored. Fortunately, they had Moses to intercede on their behalf.
If you act out of impatience, there is a good possibility that you will make a wrong decision. In their impatience, the children of Israel made a gold calf. The fallout from this decision was huge. Remember, impatience is a terrible motivator.
By the time the children of Israel reached Mt. Sinai, Moses had firmly established himself as the leader. In Egypt, he stood firm against Pharoah. In the wilderness, he led the people through the Red Sea. In battle, he led the children of Israel in their first military victory. Now, at the foot of Mount Sinai Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, questions some of his methods. He even offers Moses some unsolicited advice. As a leader, Moses must chose between his pride and doing the right thing.
When Moses and the children of Israel leave Egyptian bondage, God does not lead them by the quickest route. The path on which He leads them puts them in an impossible situation that only He can solve. In this encounter, the children of Israel would experience a miracle that would forever define them as a people.