Posted by: springsinthedesert | May 14, 2012

The Idol Of Alternatives

It is very easy to get distracted from God’s will when you are in a waiting season. As time moves on, it is very tempting to move forward with the visible and immediate solutions than waiting for God’s answer. Have you been there at least once? I have been there many times. Even when I know for sure that it is better and right to wait for His perfect will, it seems more easier to find a suitable solution and move forward with it. But Bible says that those who hope in the Lord will never be put to shame.

The other day, I was reading from the book of Exodus 32 and God spoke to me from that scripture about how easily we make our own idols of ideas when it takes a bit more time in waiting to hear from the Lord. Exodus 32:1 says, “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” If you carefully read the previous chapters of Exodus 32, you will understand that Moses was called upon Mt. Sinai and was instructed by God about the laws and rituals the people of Israel needs to follow. But when the people of Israel saw that its taking a bit long for Moses to come down, they decided to take matters into their own hands and jump into conclusions that was against the will of God. They lost faith in God as well as God’s servant Moses who led them so far.

Rather than waiting upon God, they decided to make gods to lead them in their journey ahead. For that, Aaron asked the people to take off their earrings and made an idol in the shape of a calf, fashioning with a tool. The most heartbreaking thing was that they said with their own mouth that these are the gods who brought them out of Egypt. How could they forget so easily the God who parted the sea for them? How did they forget the taste of Manna so fast? Are they so stubborn that they forgot the God who was a cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night?

We say they are stubborn…but how often do we react the same way? When we see that the answer from God is a bit delayed or not in a way that we thought…we make alternatives. We think our own solutions for the problems that we face. We put our valuable possessions….ideas, past experiences, exposure, knowledge…and cast it into ‘idols of alternatives’ which is against the will of God. And we say…”Let this alternative of mine lead me forward…after all..I have come thus far with my own..”

If you study the attitude of the Israelites at that time, you will understand that when they were tired of waiting….they lost hope in this God who brought them so far. Not only that, they lost trust in Moses who was their leader(Exodus 32:1). Be careful with this attitude in your waiting season. When you are tired…satan will try introducing a tool in your life…a tool to fashion an idol that you never thought will come forth from you…And then, you will lose hope in this Lord whom you are waiting for….and when you lose hope in the Lord..slowly you will lose the trust among your fellow believers or even the people who guide you. Beware of such times….slowly you heart is preparing for an idol.

When you realize the enemy’s tactics, make a conscious effort to turn back from it and place you eyes high up to the mountains. If you look down, you will start worrying about the time of waiting, you will start doubting the promise of the Lord….keep your eyes focused on the mountains where the help is going to come from. Let your eyes be fixed on Jesus, your savior. He is always on time.

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Oh so good, Rani! Thank you for helping all of us who wait! God bless you!

  2. Hi Rani,

    This was exactly what the Lord needed me to read. Yes…I have been there…and the alternative has proven fatal. May the Lord redirect my steps back and gave me a new heart to trust and wait on Him and His perfect timing.

    God bless and much love,


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