35“It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years. 37This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.’ 38He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to give to us. 39Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, 40saying to Aaron, ‘Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’ 41At that time they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and reveled in the works of their hands. 42But God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: ‘Did you offer to me slain victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 43No; you took along the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; so I will remove you beyond Babylon.’ (Acts 7:35-43, NRSV)
Have you ever had someone who was trying to lead you but you and all those around you were unwilling to follow? Because the things and situations you remembered from before were better than what it seemed you were headed to? Even though you really didn’t know what was to come. You remembered the good times form before and wanted to go back, regardless of all the evil and oppression you lived through.
That is where the Israelites were, unwilling to follow Moses and the path God had given them. Why are we unwilling?
Why don’t we want to follow God? Fear? Are we afraid of what lies ahead even though it is God leading us there?
We should want to follow where God leads. How can we be willing to follow where God leads?