January 13, 2012

20 Days of Stories You Have Probably Never Heard

Nehemiah 1:11
O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.

DAY 5: Numbers 20:1-13: Moses Strikes Out
At an earlier time, God had instructed Moses to strike a rock in order to produce water for the people (Exodus 17). In this instance, Moses was commanded to speak to the rock. Instead he used Aaron’s rod to strike it. Water came forth, but the disobedience of Moses resulted in God keeping him from entering the Promised Land.

Why was Moses’ action judged so harshly? He showed a lack of trust in God’s command. He felt he must do more in order for things to work. His actions showed a lack of reverence for God’s presence. Taking God’s Word seriously is a lesson for all of us.