Have you ever been in a tough situation where you prayed, believed, and waited for what seemed to be an endless period of silence? Where was G-D during the silence? Were you waiting for a trusted person in your life to respond, or for a leader to lead, but still there was no response? This is where the children of Israel found themselves.
Exodus 32:1-3: “When the people saw that Moshe was taking a long time to come down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said to him, Get busy: and make us gods to go ahead of us; because this Moshe, the man that brought us up from the land of Egypt – we don’t know what has become of him. Aaron said to them, Have your wives, sons, and daughters strip off their gold earrings and bring them to me. The people stripped off their gold earrings and brought them to Aaron.”
The problem with this solution seems obvious. The children of Israel were using the resources that G-D had given them to create a worthless idol, then asking it to lead them. Wow! We all have to be careful of doing similar things with the resources we have. When G-D remains silent, or when we look to others for solutions and they disappoint us, what should we do?
Of course, we can say that if the children of Israel had waited just a little longer, Moses would have returned with the tablets from G-D. If they had waited, the story would have been very different. What can we to learn from this?
David had some wise thoughts about waiting in silence. Let’s see what his advice is.
Psalm 13:1-2 “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, I have overcome him, and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.”
G-D gives wisdom and love, and we should always act on those principles by doing what we can. In three words, David gives sound advice for times when there is silence.
Trust, rejoice, and sing! G-D’s love never fails; His salvation is sure; He has been good to us; and He never changes!
While we wait, we do what we can with wisdom and love, and we trust, rejoice, and sing!