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.” Exodus 32:1

When God makes us a promise, we can trust that it will come to pass. How strange, then, that the Bible is full of examples of people who doubted, feared, and turned to idols when required to wait.

Exodus is a good example of this: after Moses went up a mountain to speak with God, and he’d been missing for 40 days, the Israelites doubted he’d return. They had no logical reason to believe that God would suddenly abandon them – especially since he had just delivered them from slavery in Egypt – and yet they did.

These were the chosen people. They should know the certainty of God’s promises better than anyone. They had just experienced several incredible miracles, including their liberation from slavery and the fulfillment of prophecy.

This is why I believe that fear and false testimony is so dangerous. False testimony (the act of lying to self/others) is a result of fear. It’s something the devil uses to rob us of what we know to be true. It cries out: “Moses isn’t coming back!” “God forgot us!” “We were better off before!” No wonder the Israelites doubted.

When we listen to the voices of fear running through our heads, it can be difficult to believe the truth. As we anticipate God’s promises, whether it’s for things to be experienced in this life or later at the return of Christ, let’s be on guard against fear and false testimony. Pray against these threats and refuse to let them rob you of the joy of God’s promises.  

Further reading: to help you discern between lies and the voice of truth, read Is That You God?

Dear Jesus, thank You for promising never to leave or forsake us. Remind us in our moments of weakness that we don’t need to be afraid. Be near to us as we struggle with waiting. Help us anticipate the good things You have in store. Amen.

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