7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
9 “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” Exodus 32:7-10
It’s not often that the Lord’s anger burned against a people, and it this case it was the very people He would lead into the Promised Land. Anytime during Moses’ 40 days on Mount Sinai, the Lord could have interrupted their one-on-one to let Moses know what was happening below. Of course He knew they would sin and turn away. He even knew the extent to which they would do it – by sacrificing idols – breaking at least two of the commandments He just gave to Moses.
Think about this: the Lord was willing to destroy the entire nation of Israel and build it up again through Moses because of their disobedience. It had taken roughly 900 years to build the nation from eight people who survived the Great Flood to where it was now. God was willing to forego that because of their insolence.
That tells me that God is not in a hurry to do anything. Think of all the grief He had to put up with just in the initial part of the wilderness. He went to bat for Egypt during their captivity.
The suffering you’re experiencing now is not new to God. What we’re facing as a world did not catch God off guard.
He is infinitely patient.
He was patient with you; and he’s patient with me. He’s patient with the nations of the world and has outlasted the most evil people who’ve ever lived.
And of course He has not in the least forgotten their deeds and wicked ways.
No one can predict what will happen in these tumultuous times, but we can rest assured the God is still reigning supreme. We certainly do not understand His ways or His methods, but we’re not supposed to.
We simply need to trust in the One we cannot see to usher us through the calamity we also cannot see.