“Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill. But the lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” (Numbers 20:11-12 NLT)
Here we are in Numbers chapter 20:11-12. Let me give you some back story before we continue. The children of Israel are camped out at kedish (in what is now modern day Syria) There was no water for them to drink and the people began to complain to Moses and Aaron, they wished they never left Egypt. So Moses and Aaron went and sought after God on what to do. The Lord told them to gather all the people take the staff and speak to the rock. (read Numbers 20:3-8)
Moses and Aaron let their frustration get the best of them, Moses took matters into his own hand and struck the rock instead of speaking to it as God instructed and Aaron went along with it. Their disobedience cost them the opportunity to go into the promise land.
There are three things we can take away from this. 1. Don’t let your emotions cause you to sin against God “And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT) Moses was pressured by the children of Israel and he allowed his frustration to cause him to sin. He acted out of himself instead of operating in the spirit of God.
- Remember who is in command. Yes you may be frustrated but God has given you specific instructions on how to handle the situation. God was merciful on Moses and Aaron, He still allowed water to flow from the rock despite their disobedience.
- Accountability. Aaron was with Moses when God gave them His instructions. He did not stop Moses from striking the rock; he went right along with his brother. He knew what God instructed them to do. But just like his brother he was caught up in the moment. He could have held his brother accountable. Aaron was Moses second in command. And he failed to keep his brother accountable to Gods instruction. “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1-2 NLT)
My brothers and my sisters do not let your emotions get the best of you and cause you to miss out on God’s blessing. Remember that God is the one leading you and guiding you and he gets all the glory, not us! And finally Keep your minds sober in the Lord so that when you see a fellow brother or sister doing wrong (especially one in leadership) going off in the wrong direction, you through God will help them see that what they are about to do is wrong so they can step back into the will of God. Remember the importance of obedience.
Much Love & God Bless
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