“And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, hear now, ye rebels, must we fetch you water out of the rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice, and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.” (Numbers 20:10-11)
As most of us already know the children of Israel were extremely stubborn and they complained every chance they got. Moses really tried to lead them the best way he could. He was the mediator between them and God, he interceded for them when God decided to kill them (Exodus 32). But one day Moses could not take the complaining anymore and though he had good reasons to be upset, he made a terrible mistake. Instead of giving God the credit he failed to mention to the children of Israel that it was God who told him to gather them before the rock, so he (God) could have given them water.
Maybe Moses would have gotten away with calling the people rebels, but not giving God the credit was a big deal. You see God was expecting Moses to sanctify him (acknowledged his works) in front of the people as always, but anger got the best of Moses that day and because of that one mistake, he was denied entry into the promised land. This was so unfortunate for Moses don’t you think? In my eyes he earned the right to inherit the promise. But instead he only viewed it but never took possession of it (Deuteronomy 34).
Though it may appear or seems fair that Moses should have entered the promised land, still you cannot deny the sovereignty of God. He is always right, and we should always sanctify him in all we do. Today let us all learn from that mistake so that we will not take the same path. Our aim is to see the promise and partake of it by God’s grace. Our desire is to make it into heaven, and we should not allow any mistake to cost us that opportunity. We will not get to view heaven we will just be denied.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord please help me to always acknowledge you and the work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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