6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that 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.”
9 So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “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.”
Moses led the children of Israel, he was to the people, not just a shepherd, but a representative of God. The people grumbled against him and God, and in a display of his anger, he disobeyed God. This single disobedience cost him and Aaron (his assistant) from entering the promised land.
God is sovereign and just in all he does for this reason, as servants of God we must be careful in handling God’s assignment, We must prayerfully and sincerely take decisions regarding God’s assignment. It is natural for people to offend us, it is natural to feel opposed by people, but this should never influence God’s will. In fact, one of the true tests of maturity in Christ is sticking to the will of God despite the hurt we feel or the pressure we face.
Imagine how happy the devil would have felt hearing Gods judgment on Moses and Aaron
Note the devil will surely assign people, situations, feelings or ideas to influence our obedience to God’s will. Therefore, we must fight the fight of killing our human ego and stick to doing God’s will always.
A story was told of a young leader who mistakenly violated his master’s commandment in front of his subordinates, one of his subordinates observed the mistake made by their leader and decided to confront him about the issue. Instead of the leader accepting the correction, he rather repeated the mistake just to prove a point to his subordinate. This single act led to a greater disaster in the lives of other subordinates and the leader.
The work of our God is not the work of man, it must be carefully handled and never to be influenced by our emotions
By: Joshua Sopuru
Heavenly father in any way I have gone against your will because of my pains, ego or selfishness, I ask for your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. Amen!