Time is quite subjective, or so it seems. While every second, every minute, and every hour is the same for each of us, they can certainly feel quite different. Five minutes waiting in line sure feels much longer than five minutes talking with a friend you have not seen in years. This is what we see at play as Exodus 32 opens.
Moses has gone up the mountain to meet with God. We aren’t told how long it has been, but notice how the people felt about how long he had been gone: to them Moses “delayed” in coming down. This is what drove them to feel abandoned by Moses, and more importantly God, and to ask Aaron to make an idol.
But notice God’s perspective on how long it had been. Later in verse 8, God tells Moses that the people had “quickly” turned away from Him. Apparently it did not take the Israelites long to violate the commands they swore to uphold, and they acted hastily in calling for Aaron to fashion an idol for them to worship.
Like the Israelites, our perception of time can mislead us as well, especially when it feels as if God is not paying attention or has abandoned us. And like the Israelites, we can act hastily and turn from God. But it is in these times when we need to remember that God is never far off and He always works in His perfect timing, even if it does not feel that way.
How have you seen the perfection of God’s timing?