Don’t Strike The Rock

Moses was chosen by God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. Through Moses, God demonstrated His awesome power and magnificent holiness. At the time, there was no one closer to God than Moses. However, even with this wonderfully close relationship, Moses still struggled at times with trusting God.

After being led out of Egypt, the people often brought their complaints to Moses. On one occasion, the people complained about their lack of drinking water; “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place?” (Numbers 20:5). When Moses entered the presence of God with this concern, he was given clear direction for solving the problem: “Gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water” (Numbers 20:8).

Moses gathered the people as he was told. But rather than simply speaking to the rock, Moses tried to accomplish God’s work with a method of his own choosing.

Numbers 20:10-11
“‘Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?’ Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.”

Moses had seen God’s power and knew how much He hated disobedience; yet at this moment, Moses did not follow God’s command. Moses may have become prideful while leading the Israelites through the desert; “Must WE {Aaron and I} bring you water out of this rock?” Or, he may have thought God needed help from the same staff used to turn the Nile river into blood and part the Red Sea. Either way, his disobedience stemmed from a lack of trust in God.

God still loved Moses and will fellowship with him for all eternity, but his failure to obey was severely punished; “Because you did not trust in Me enough to honor Me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” (Numbers 20:12). God’s perfect plan for Moses clearly included a trip into the Promised land; but, even after 40 years of faithful leadership, Moses’ lack of trust caused him to miss out on God’s very best.

God knows our needs and has a detailed plan which is unfolding according to His perfect timing. Let’s listen intently for His direction and then fully obey. Let’s take the steps to ensure all we do in our ministry – all we do in our family and in every area of our life – is done to bring Him glory and honor. Let’s trust Him with ALL our heart and always remember…don’t strike the rock!

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries