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Even miraculous…how quickly we forget

[tweetmeme source=”joshdecker” only_single=false]I have had the pleasure of witnessing some pretty amazing things in my life.  I have seen God heal people of cancer, inexplicably take away major medical problems, and provide in ways no one thought possible.

One thing has struck me odd, even in my own life.  How quickly we forget those miraculous things.  I have been reading through the book of Exodus the last couple days, and it really hit me when reading through chapter 32.  This is when the Israelites decide to stop waiting for Moses to come down from the Mountain of God (or Mt. Sinai).  They have Aaron make a golden calf to worship.

We’ve all seen this in the 10 Commandments, with Charlton Heston.  In this depiction, and every time I’ve read it in the past, I’ve missed on crucial point.  Exodus 24:17 (TNIV) says, “To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on tip of the mountain.”

The mountain was covered with dense smoke, and what looked like fire.  When I read this part, it sounded like pictures I’ve seen from erupting volcanoes.  No where does it say the glory of God departed from the mountain.  From the beginning of Exodus 25- Exodus 32, Moses is on the Mountain…40 days and 40 nights.  In that short time, the smoke and the fire became commonplace to the Israelites…and they were at the foot of the mountain!

How often do we find this happening in our lives?  We cry out to God to do something on our behalf or for someone we know, and we quickly forget after He’s answered us.  What “golden calves” have you gone running after?  Come back, remind yourself frequently of the mighty things God does in your life so they don’t become “common”.