Good News or Bad News?

Eildert Zwart

READ : Exodus 32:1-10


Today’s passage contains either “good news” or “bad news,” depending on how you view it. The “good news” is that God is always watching over us, so He sees all that we do and He hears all that we say. The “bad news” is (you guessed it) that God is always watching over us, so He sees and hears all that we do and say.

As a child, I was often told to ask myself if the things I wanted to do were the kinds of things I’d want Christ to find me doing when He returned. That’s not bad advice, but it seems to overlook the fact that God sees what we’re doing all the time. It also suggests that God’s watchfulness is “bad news” because so many things we want to do may bring down punishment upon us.

But God’s watchful care becomes “good news” when we think of God as a lifeguard who’s watching for our safety. When He sees us in danger, and when we do things that hurt ourselves or others, that’s when He springs into action. His rules are for our good. When we disobey them or break them, He puts a stop to those activities. This is what God did in our passage. Our heavenly lifeguard saw His people in great danger, and His anger demonstrated the depth of His concern.


Heavenly Father, help us to sense Your presence, and to rejoice that You are always near us. In Jesus’ name, we ask this. Amen.