Sometimes we want to rush to do the obvious and natural thing. We think, “God knows and He understands”. But before we do something, even if it is the right thing, we need to take time to step back and acknowledge God. Will He ask us to do something different? Maybe, maybe not.
I think the point is that stepping back and acknowledging God opens our eyes to the bigger story. We recognize God’s hand and heart in the things in our life. We get to know about our God.
When Aaron’s sons died inside the Holy Place, did Aaron want to rush in and be with his sons? Of course. But what did God say? Wait. God knows what he wanted to do and He understands. But this is the reality: Without cleansing, sinful man cannot approach the Holy God. There needs to be a sacrifice to be cleansed, this is the way. Did Aaron obey? Yes, Aaron understood the bigger story.
When Jesus was dying on the cross.. did God want to rush in and save His Son? Of course. It is the obvious and natural thing. But this is the reality: Without cleansing, sinful man cannot approach the Holy God. God the Father and Jesus were looking at the bigger story.
Step back, even for just a moment, acknowledge God. See His hand and heart, see the bigger story.