Exodus 32: 19, AMP: And as soon as he came near to the camp he saw the calf and the dancing. And Moses’ anger blazed hot and he cast the tables out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
Exodus 34: 1, AMP: 1 THE LORD said to Moses, Cut two tables of stone like the first, and I will write upon these tables the words that were on the first tables, which you broke.
The tablets Moses smashed at the foot of the mountain were the tables of Testimony. “The tables were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables” (vs. 16). I don’t know how long Moses was up on the mountain with God creating these tablets, but the fact remains that he smashed them down on the ground and broke them. Why? Because the Israelites – who Moses had just finished begging God not to destroy – decided that Moses took too long up on the mountain and made a golden calf to worship. Moses got angry when he saw the worship in action and threw the tablets down on the ground. Then, he had to go back and re-create the tablets.
Many people don’t understand that leadership is a calling and that many people in leadership positions never wanted to be in those positions. Most people want to be the boss without paying the cost. But the ones who survive and thrive in leadership positions as opposed to those who crash and burn (like Moses) are the ones who don’t get sidetracked by distractions. I used to feel bad that Moses didn’t get to see the Promised Land. But the more I learn about his leadership in the wilderness, the more I understand that Moses was always getting angry because he placed the opinions and grievances of crazy, insubordinate, scary, faithless people above the report of God. It’s easy to fall into that trap, so now that I have Moses’ example, I can focus more on the goal.
How do you ignore distractions?
1) Know what God wants you to do everyday
2) Heed the advice of James 1:20 as best you can
3) If you find yourself angry, remove yourself from the situation and from the presence of people who are fueling the situation. Do not argue, do not second guess – just exit stage right. When you get it out of your system, go back and face the situation.
4) Refocus on what God gave you to achieve for the day
Keep trying until you get it right. God will honor a heart that yearns for Him above anything or anyone else.Advertisements