Moses come down the mountain with God’s Holy Law as found in the Ten Commandments. His face is literally radiant from His time with the Almighty. Trip number one was interrupted by the people encamped at the foot of the mountain when they decided to make and worship a golden idol. They did so while they could see God’s glory just outside of camp. It is amazing that His presence could be so close yet they turn to a false god.
In reality we are the same. Right in the middle of worship, have you ever had an unkind thought about the family coming in late or the song that was selected or the pastor’s message? In the Holy presence of God one can go directly from saying the Lord’s Prayer to questioning or judging the words used in the morning prayer. Even while in worship, our lips can bring praise but out hearts are far from God.
The same is often true for other times in our lives. After a moving morning devotional time, we can get in the car and curse a fellow driver. After spending a few minutes in awe praising God for the beautiful sunrise, we can turn and yell at our child for getting up a few minutes late. How quickly we can praise God one moment and absolutely drive Him nuts the next.
And what is God’s response to all this and what does it reveal about God? He sends Moses down the mountain one more time with the stone tablets. He forgives us for the zillionth time. Over and over and over He says, “Close, but… let’s try this again”. I am so thankful that God’s patience never runs out. How great is the Father’s love for us! Imperfect as we are, He loves us anyway. Thanks be to God!
Scripture reference: Exodus 34: 29-32