Cleansing Fire (Day 1) – Facing the Truth

Facing Truth
1-4 When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?” So Aaron told them, “Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.” They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool.
21 Moses said to Aaron, “What on Earth did these people ever do to you that you involved them in this huge sin?” 22-23 Aaron said, “Master, don’t be angry. You know this people and how set on evil they are. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. This Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what’s happened to him.’ 24 “So I said, ‘Who has gold?’ And they took off their jewelry and gave it to me. I threw it in the fire and out came this calf.” Exodus 32

Think about the timeline this story follows. Moses goes with Joshua up the mountain to meet God. It takes longer than the people thought, and they grumble. Aaron is in charge, and to appease the people he calls for the ingredients for a self-made god. The gold piles up, the fires blaze, and out pops a calf-idol. Read verse 4 and verse 24 and see how Aaron “adjusts” his words so he could pass the blame to the people. Can you reconcile what happened in verse four and what Aaron says happened in verse 24? (It echoes back to the Garden – “It was the woman that you gave me, she made me eat the fruit…”)
How does this relate to us? God calls us to both follow the Truth, and live in truth. Being truthful means not “adjusting the story” to make ourselves look good. We all can do this at times, if we are careless with our words. One writer has said, “the truth is always our ally.” How are you letting truth be your ally? What one most important area comes to mind that facing the truth is the best thing you can start doing? Ask God for wisdom, strength, and the right counsel to let truth be your ally in the area He shows you. If you have a journal, make notes from your devotions these next fifteen days. If not, your application is to find or buy a journal or diary.

All For Him,
Rick

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