Blessings flow into our lives, a winding river teaming with life, giving us nourishment and food and wealth and prosperity. Sometimes the blessings are hard to see. Sometimes we think they come only from us and not from God. There is a lesson to be learned.
Numbers 20:1-13 – In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! 4 Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” 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 TheLord 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.” 13 These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with theLord and where he was proved holy among them.
The first point here is that Moses did not get defensive when questioned AGAIN by the grumbling Israelites. The Truth doesn’t need defending and when questioned by others as to where you are going, all you need to do is stand still. If you are in the will of God, then allow God to handle it! Go to Him in prayer and petition and pray for your enemies!
The second point is that God gave Moses specific instructions as to how to bring water to the community who had been wandering for 37 years since their first spy mission into the promised land and 40 years since the Exodus. The generation of those who had lived in Egypt had nearly died away in the trip that should have only taken 11 days. How soon we forget that we bring our own problems upon ourselves due to lack of obedience and mostly lack of faith. Moses, in this instance, had lack of faith and was struggling with a bit of pride. He was taking credit for God’s miracle and so was forbidden to enter the promised land. As leaders, we are the models for those following us. We cannot disobey God’s direct command, or He will find a way to prove Himself holy. What blessings in your life are really yours to claim? Are you doing great at your job and making tons of money? Have you been set free from a lifestyle that was not pleasing to God? Did you do those things all by yourself? NO!! Only God should get the glory for every good and perfect thing!
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To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Matthew 6:25-34 – “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Why do we worry so much and complain when things aren’t going our way? God does not ignore those who depend upon Him. Worrying only proves to show a lack of faith in and understanding of His ways. We need to live one day at a time to keep us from being consumed with what we don’t have, instead of what blessings God has given us!