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The Golden Calf Party

Peace and quiet are two cornerstones of life. Focus requires it. Success needs it.

In this society you have to fight to get it. It is worth it once you do.

The person, who doesn’t have it, is the one who treasures it.

Running around, kids screaming, bosses arguing, families fighting is not the life God intended for his people.

It is impossible to fulfill your calling if you are constantly plagued with unnecessary distractions or disorder.

Moses’ job as the “Deliverer” wasn’t his choice of a career. He was unqualified he thought but God qualified him. No wonder God gave him 40 years in the desert. Once he returned to Egypt to deliver the Israelites, he maybe wished he could go back to the quiet, peaceful life as a Sheep herder. At least the sheep didn’t complain.

The Israelites were not easy people to hang out with. Moses played many roles besides the “Deliverer.”

Chief Judge, Marriage Counselor, Leader, Prophet, Author, Party Pooper are a few to mention.
It is evident by the tone of the people, their constant complaining and in-fighting they were not the easiest crew to deliver.

Moses had to keep his focus not only for God to use him but for his sanity!

Can you imagine what he thought when he came down the mountain after 40 days to an all out Golden Calf Party? Let’s just say he and God were un-happy campers.

Exodus 34:28 “Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant–the Ten Commandments.”

His job was hard enough without the Israelites playing around the campfire. Talk about losing your focus. Forget peace and quiet; and running away was not an option.

Leading a bunch of ornery people out of the desert, through a river to the “land of opportunity” is not my idea of a good time. Ornery people?  Maybe Moses looked for the nearest Library where he could hide between the book shelves.

Besides their contrariness, they thought Moses was, well, a little off? Maybe a little obsessed with this God thing?

Think about it. Who in their right mind would choose to deliver anyone, much less a few million who had been cooped up for 400 years?

Moses had to fight for his solitude.

Moses had to get quiet to hear God speak.

Moses had to remain focused on the journey; the goal he was anointed for.

A remote removal from losing his focus could have cost him.

The Israelites didn’t share his focus. Why would they? They thought he was a crackpot giving them a way out of Egypt.

After 400 years of bondage to what appeared to be some rather unyielding and demented lunatics for Pharaoh’s, they didn’t care if Moses only had one wheel in the sand. At least he was doing what no one else showed up to do.

It is imperative as a disciple of Christ to know your calling, keep focused on it and remove whatever needs to be removed. When you keep your focus, wrong relationships will die, and new right relationships will be born.

The Israelites were God’s chosen people. He removed them from the Egyptians who were going against everything God chose for them. And….if you remember in the Book of Exodus, the Pharaoh became even more hostile, and angrier the more Moses kept his focus on delivering the people.

When you keep your focus, wrong people will fall away because they can’t bear to be around you. You represent everything they are not.

When everything around you is falling apart, keep your focus on your calling.  Like Moses, leaders are born out of an obsession for their goal.

And like Moses, he maybe fell out of the “Family Tree” but he still became the “Deliverer.”





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