The children of Israel not only saw time differently than God did, they saw His presence differently as well. While Moses was up on the mountain meeting with God, the Israelites concluded that God was absent. They failed to understand that God is omnipresent—He is not contained in one place—and that He is omniscient—that He knows all and is fully aware of all. And so, they pleaded with Aaron to make a god they could see and touch. God was distant from them, or so they thought, so they wanted to make a god that would always be present. God, however, told Moses exactly what the people did, even what they had said. God was not absent. He was not distracted.
The same God who was ever-present with Israel in the wilderness, the same God who knew everything Israel did, He is with us as well, and He is just as aware of our lives too. This is a great comfort for us; it reminds us that we are never alone and that nothing happens to us apart from God’s full knowledge and His sovereign hand.
Does God’s presence in and awareness of your life encourage you or concern you? Why?