What can satisfy the longing of man’s soul? That is one of the critical issues that arises out of Exodus. God was right before Israel, revealing Himself and offering up a sacred, truth-filled fellowship, and yet the people still chose to seek a false worship, along with a self-pleasing lifestyle. The glory of the Lord covered Mount Sinai. It was undeniable. But even in this remarkable account, the community of Israel, at large, determined that they wanted to abandon a spiritually monogamous faithfulness to God. The people, who not long before had been supernaturally rescued from Egypt’s seemingly too-powerful grip, chose a destructive path. Why? They wanted autonomy. They wanted a belief system that was convenient. They wanted to engage in any kind of lifestyle they wanted, without restriction or guilt. When man collectively chooses to make our own gods then we can also make our own rules. In the process, we try to circumvent accountability for our mistakes and missteps. And this is not what God desires. He instituted boundaries for our protection. Freedom from God’s Word does not bring about blessing, or hope. Only in staying near to God can we know truth, love, and joy. In God alone life becomes meaningful. Only God can satisfy the longing of man’s soul.
Exodus 32:1a “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…’” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (2/11/2019)