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Moses had truly matured into a servant leader. This upstart prince turned shepherd was literally all that stood between God’s wrath and Israel. There was no undoing the dreadful acts of the liberated slaves, so Moses returned to God’s presence to simply explore a way to restart. Remember, the story is greatly affected by God’s knowing all things. You see, God was not surprised by his chosen children’s sin—he was simply saddened. God gave Israel every possible physical sign that he was present—and focused upon protecting, providing and preparing them for their return to the promised land. Despite his effort, the people were simply unable or unwilling to relinquish their need to control and allow God to make them great.

Today, the church is much the same. Despite his continued provision and protection, we are quick to turn our backs and take control. When we do, God is not necessarily surprised, he is simply saddened at our unwillingness to trust him. But, like Moses, the Holy Spirit intercedes and draws us back to God. He comforts, corrects and guides us to the truth that God in charge makes our lives amazing.   If we will repent of our retaking of control and allow God to again lead, we too can restart and experience his blessing.

God Bless You

The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a terrible sin, but I will go back up to the Lord on the mountain. Perhaps I will be able to obtain forgiveness for your sin.”

So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a terrible sin these people have committed. They have made gods of gold for themselves.

But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!”

But the Lord replied to Moses, “No, I will erase the name of everyone who has sinned against me.

Now go, lead the people to the place I told you about. Look! My angel will lead the way before you. And when I come to call the people to account, I will certainly hold them responsible for their sins.”

Then the Lord sent a great plague upon the people because they had worshiped the calf Aaron had made.