Text for TodayAnd Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice . . .
When Moses had led the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness, they were desperately in need of water for themselves and their flocks and herds. Some Bible teachers estimate that there were as many as three million Israelites, not counting all their livestock. That means a lot of water is necessary. When they first encountered the rock in the wilderness, God told Moses to strike it once. Moses complied, and water flowed. You see, that rock was Jesus, and His water is boundless. Their needs were abundantly met.
Later, the children of Israel came to another place of needing water, and they complained to Moses. On this encounter, God told Moses to “speak” to the rock. But Moses, being greatly frustrated by the people, lashed out in that frustration, and struck the rock, not once, but twice. For this failure, Moses lost what had been his future, his destiny to lead the children of Israel, not only OUT of Egypt, but INTO the Promised Land. Here was this awesome man of God, the meekest in all the earth, one who had been in the mountain with God, one who had fasted 40 days twice, back-to-back, in order to finally bring the ten commandments from the Lord to the people. This Moses who looked into heaven by the Spirit and saw God’s Own tabernacle, and then supervised the construction of the earthly tabernacle, missed going into the promised land because of frustration. A grumbling, complaining, thankless, faithless people drove him to such frustrated anger that he disobeyed God.
There are many things in the world today that arise to anger and frustrate you in your walk with Jesus. Don’t allow that to happen. Make up your mind right now, today, this moment, that you will be obedient to the Lord, and that you will determine to be obedient immediately upon your knowledge of His plan, purpose, or leadership. Even as you read your Bible, when you come upon a passage in which you realize you are slack in your obedience, repent immediately, and make the decision to obey.
When frustrations arise, especially when anger rises due to frustrating people, their actions, and their attitudes, focus on Jesus. Focusing on a need will only frustrate you further. But when you focus on the source of provision to meet that need, things are different. Focus on the source; His Name is Jesus. Obey Him quickly, and the reward will come quickly, for our God will be behold to, or owing no one. Our Rock is waiting for us to “speak” to Him, and rivers will flow.
Manna for Today – Numbers 20:7-12; Exodus 17:6; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Matthew 7:24-27; Romans 13:8