Today's Reading: Exodus 32:1-20
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." (Exodus 32:1)
In the Name + of Jesus. Ever been up to something because you knew when your parents would be home and thought you had time to get away with it? Or how about the time you tried to get away with something because you didn't know when the teacher was going to be back? The Israelites figured they could do just about anything because they didn't know what had happened to Moses. Likewise, we are often suckered by the devil into assuming that since Jesus hasn't come back yet, we can do whatever we like.
When that happened with the Israelites, the Lord was ready to wipe them out and start over. But Moses prayed for them. He prayed that the Lord would not act according to His anger but according to His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
When you're caught, guilty, dancing around your idol instead of waiting patiently for Jesus to return, remember this: You have a Savior who asks that His Father not smite you but forgive you because He has promised to do so on account of what Jesus did. Jesus is always reminding the Father that because He has died and risen for you, the Father has promised to forgive and not destroy you.
When Jesus died and rose, that was God's promise that your sins were paid for--in full. Your Baptism is the promise that you belong to the Lord and not this world. He says you are His child. His Absolution and preaching are His promise that what Jesus did, He did for you. Jesus' Body and Blood are God's promise that He remembers what His Son has done and for His sake He won't punish you for your sins.
So no worrying about where the Lord has gone. He promises to return. But more than that, He comes now in His Word and gifts and is always looking out for you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Let me not doubt, but truly see Your Word cannot be broken: Your call rings out, "Come unto Me!" No falsehood have You spoken. Baptized into Your precious name, My faith cannot be put shame, And I shall never perish. (Salvation unto Us Has Come, LSB 555:7)