Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. ~Exodus 32:26
As a kid growing up, we had a tendency to take sides when there were disagreements or issues at stake. As adults ,we decide on our political persuasion and take our side with the party that we feel aligns itself with our social and political ideology . As Christians, we will find ourselves facing tough questions and issues regarding belief, morality, philosophy of ministry, and methodology. We face pressures from sources that clearly conflict with the precept of God’s word. We realize that we must decide whose side are we on.
We see the disgruntled.
“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” Moses was on the mountaintop with God forty days. During this time, Moses was getting clear instructions beneficial for Israel’s future. However, instead of the people preoccupying themselves by focusing on their spiritual lives, they became disgruntled with the fact they had not seen Moses for many days. Be careful of easily becoming disgruntled from losing focus on your spiritual responsibilities.
We see the disobedience.
“And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt… And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.” The people fell into gross idolatry, immodesty, and immorality. Aaron was a weak leader who succumbed to the strong will of the people’s desires. There was great sin and disobedience against God in the camp.
We see the distinction.
“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.” Moses and Joshua made their way back to the camp and were appalled by what they saw. Moses issued a call to see who would take a stand with him against the sin that was in the camp. The sons of Levi took their stand with Moses. There was a distinction between holy and unholy. There was a distinction between who was living for God and who was not. “Who is on the Lord’s side?” The distinction about a consecrated believer is that he has decided that he is on the Lord’s side. He is on the side of righteousness. He is on the side of doctrinal purity. He is on the Lord’s side!
When you are on the Lord’s side, you must take a stand for what glorifies the Lord. When you are on the Lord’s side, you will be in the minority. When you are on the Lord’s side, people who were your friends will disassociate from you. When you are on the Lord’s side, you will be looked upon as weird and not socially functional. When you are on the Lord’s side, you are always on the right side.
Be sure you are on the Lord’s side even if it costs you. Who is on the Lord’s side? Come and follow me.
Have a faithful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Exodus 13-15