Moses and the Israelites had been in the very presence of God, and heard His voice proclaim the Ten Commandments. It was after this event that Moses went up to the mountain to receive more instructions from God. A whole month passed and the people began to wonder what had happened to Moses. They convinced Aaron to make a golden calf, and they celebrated with a big feast. Aaron told Moses, “For they said to me, ‘Make us gods that shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’” (Exodus 32:23)
Just what was Moses doing for those missing forty days? He was in the presence of God receiving instructions. Moses acquired plans for building a portable sanctuary. He wrote down instructions for constructing the Ark of the Covenant, the table of showbread, the altar of incense. He was given the formulas for making anointing oil and incense. He was given two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments written by the very finger of God.
Sometimes, we make a mistake and sacrifice the bigger plans God has for our lives in exchange for a quick “fix” and a golden calf. Instead of trusting in a God we can’t see, we opt for something flashy that entertains us, and life becomes much cheaper. There is great blessing when we patiently wait on God and receive all He has for us.