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The Living God

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 32-34
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“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” – Deuteronomy 30:19

Many Christians are crippled by their limited idea of God. We see the same problem in Exodus 32-34, describing a sad and bitter time in the life of God’s people.

Moses was up on the mount with God, receiving the two tables of testimony–tables of stone written with the finger of God. Down below, it was another story. The Israelites decided to trade their allegiance from the true and living God to a golden calf made with hands.

“Come make us gods that will go before us,” the people said to Aaron, who was in charge while Moses was away. But wait a minute. Didn’t they already have a God who went before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night? Of course they did. But they wanted a god they could control. They wanted a god who would stop when they wanted to stop and go when they wanted to go.

Meanwhile, back on the mountain, the Lord spoke to Moses and said, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them” (Exodus 32:7-8).

Moses immediately began to pray, and he prayed from the depth of his soul. “Oh what a great sin these people have committed!” he said. “But now, please forgive their sin” (Exodus 32:31,32).

Moses was a man who knew the Living God face-to-face in all His glory, and it made him a humble, compassionate man of prayer. He never forgot that it was God’s hand that blessed his leadership. It was God’s voice that led him.


Lord, You alone are the giver of life. I choose to listen to Your voice and follow You. Amen.

To Ponder

Am I following the Living God or a golden calf of my own making?

(The Navigators)