February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017

NUMBERS 18-20

Focus Verse: “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water.”

Numbers 20:8

“Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. ‘Listen, you rebels!’ he shouted. ‘Must we bring you water from this rock?’ Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff.”

Numbers 20:10-11

 

We’ve heard this story before. Unfortunately, so had Moses. Earlier in Exodus 17, we see the exact same miracle. Moses follows the exact same formula. But this time, he is in direct disobedience to God. Partial obedience is still disobedience. Because of Moses’ error, God bans him from entering the Promised Land.

Seems like a steep penalty for a technicality, right? But let’s look at the root of this.

All through Moses’ walk with God, we see an awesome quality: humility. At first, God can barely get Moses to agree to take the job to help Him deliver the Israelites. Even through all of the ups and downs in the wilderness, all the times God confirms Moses as His chosen leader for His chosen people, we never see Moses get too big for his britches.

Until now.

Notice the pronoun change Moses goes through: “Must we bring you water from this rock?” As if Moses ever had anything to do with these miracles. I really don’t think God cared about how the water came out of the rock, but I KNOW God cared about the heart that brought that water out of the rock.

Too many times, we fall into this same trap. Moses had done this before. He knew this magic trick. So instead of letting God work through him, Moses told God to take a seat over in the stands. “Watch me God! I know this trick! I’m pretty good at it! Just watch, you’ll be so proud of me!” But that’s assuming that Moses did the miracle the first time…which he didn’t.

This is the danger with being comfortable. We want control of the things we’re good at. Sure, God can have the sin and all that messy stuff that we really want to get rid of, but the stuff we know how to do, the stuff we’re good at, our gifts and talents, we want those for ourselves.

That’s not how God works though. And why would we want Him to? I would much rather God work through me, the best of me and the worst of me, than for me to do any of it on my own. This is why walking in the Spirit is so important. It’s not giving God authority when you’re life is a mess. It’s giving God authority. Period. All the time. Every time.

Jesus isn’t Lord of you life* (*but only qualifies when you can’t do it on your own). Jesus is Lord of your life.

He paid for all of you. He deserves nothing less.

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