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Even Good Guys Mess Up

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to the rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink' " (Num.20:7-8).

In making their way across the wilderness to the Promised Land, the community of Israelites ran out of water and complained bitterly to Moses and Aaron. Moses went to the Lord, and as we see from today's verses, God gave them instructions about how to get the water for the people... No doubt, Moses was angered and disgusted at the complaints and grumbling of the people, but that was no excuse for what happened next. Instead of doing it God's way, he had to get his pound of flesh out of the people. "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" (Vs.10-11). One would have thought that Moses did the miracle by his own power as he struck the rock instead of talking to it as God had instructed. Moses and Aaron learned their lesson the hard way, as God told them that they would not get to enter the Promised Land. What happened there is an important lesson for each of us today... It is important for those who want to please the Lord. First, the honor and glory always belong to Him, but the matter extends further... God is glorified when His people look to Him for guidance. How are we all doing in that department? People hallow God when they are obedient to Him. Are we doing OK there? I believe that God sees it as an affront when a person unilaterally decides how worship is to be rendered or what kind of things actually honor Him. The only way His people can know what He wants in worship, is to listen to His voice through the Word... It really matters what Christians do when they assemble for worship. The way Christians sing or pray or break bread in remembrance matters. The good guy, Moses, was presumptuous... He took credit for bringing water from the rock, and struck the rock with his rod when God told him a word was good enough. The presumption of Moses ought to be a lesson, or even a warning to Christians. It should be a reminder that they ought to offer to God the kind of praise He has prescribed... Even good guys mess up.

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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