Aaron, brother of Moses, spent much of his life after slavery being believed in by God.
Aaron isn’t necessarily known for the good he did in the nation of Israel. Every preacher I’ve heard seems to hone in on the moment he loses faith. In Moses’ absence, right as God is telling Moses about his decision to have Aaron as Israel’s first High Priest, the people of Israel came to Aaron troubled about how long Moses had been gone. Doubt became the biggest player on the field, and Aaron allowed it to force his hand. He gathered the people’s gold and made a statue of a young cow out of it, commanding the nation to bow to it in the name of God.
After Moses came down from the mountain to stop the idolatry Aaron had started, Aaron threw the blame on his people. Despite the fact that the golden calf was his own idea, Aaron tosses his people into the fire, and he goes so far as to say, “So they gave [the gold] to me, and I threw it into to the fire, and out came this calf.”
Really? It just came out that way?
That’s not how that works, Aaron.
As my pastor said this Sunday, “You don’t want a leader like that.”
But despite the fact that Aaron almost got the nation of Israel swept out by God in a murderous rage, he was still the human God chose to lead His nation into His goodness. Led by God’s divine instruction, Moses anointed Aaron as Israel’s first High Priest.
Regardless of that huge flaw in his character, regardless of the fact that Aaron deliberately led God’s people astray – even as God told Moses about his promotion, God still gave Aaron this important task. God decided, “I know Aaron still has the potential to live into this position. I will still give it to him, forgive his misdeeds completely and fully, and trust him with this most holy work.” God did not look into Aaron’s actions. He looked into his heart and knew Aaron wanted to do good and prove himself.
Aaron had allowed the people’s doubt to make him forget what God had done for them; this promotion was God surrounding Aaron continually with His presence for the rest of his life so he would never forget His goodness. In Exodus 40:15, God orders Moses to admit Aaron and his sons into “Perpetual Priesthood.” God gave Aaron and his sons – as a free gift – a forever job. Aaron would never lose his priesthood, and the generations of his sons and their sons would be secure in the temple, too. Not only did God look down and see the good in His child Aaron, He blessed him and his family for hundreds of years to come.
How’s that for having God believe in you?
This is the Loving Father we have; despite our worst efforts and all our half-witted mistakes, God still sees the good in our hearts. God knows the beauty residing within us and chooses to look at that, no matter how ugly we feel or how bad we think we messed up.
When you don’t think you’re good enough, God knows you are. It really doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done or said or thought. God loves you and wants to see you succeed. He will give you good gifts, new opportunities, when you least expect them.
You are Loved. Always.