Show Me God

Peggy Byland

READ : Exodus 32

Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. (Exod. 24:18)

The people became impatient when Moses did not return after such a long time on the mountain. They took matters into their own hands, broke the covenant with God, and convinced Aaron to fashion an idol for worshiping. Aaron made a calf of gold and built an altar before it. On this the people offered sacrifices to their god.

God was filled with wrath and vowed to destroy his people. But Moses implored God to remember the offspring and the land he had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Lord relented when Moses pleaded for the people, but Moses was unaware what awaited him at the foot of the mountain. The two tablets he carried with the writing of God were smashed in anger when Moses observed the revelry of the people at the feet of the golden calf.

The idols we serve today are not golden calves, but they are still symbolized by things like clothes and cars and tech gadgets. We are bound by consumerism and individualism. We grow far from the God we cannot see or hear.

Yet when we plead for forgiveness as Moses did for God’s people, God in his mercy forgives our iniquities. In our quiet moments with God we feel his presence and hear his voice of love and compassion.


Dear God, please do not give up on us, your sinful people. Amen.