We’ve all been there. Things aren’t going our way so we decide to add a little extra pressure to “nudge” things along.
Moses and Aaron found themselves in a similar situation. They were leading their fellow Hebrews in circles in the middle of nowhere without a scent of drinking water.
There are a lot of things we can live without but water is not one of them. The Israelites didn’t take the lack of necessity lightly. They started to rebel against their leaders. Moses had an all out mutiny on his hands.
Moses and Aaron reacted to the uprising by falling face down before the Lord and asking Him for advice. As a result God’s presence was made known to them.
LESSON 1: When things get tough, seek the Lord.
The Lord then gave very specific instructions. The difference was in the details. The Lord instructed them to speak to the rock and water would flow from it.
Shortly after his close encounter with God, Moses made a critical leadership mistake. As he approached the rock something overcame him and rather than simply speak to the rock and therefore demonstrate trust and give credit where credit was due, he decide to add a little extra drama. He reared back and stuck the rock as if human force had a say in bringing water from the solid rock.
LESSON 2: Listen. Follow good advice. Trust and obey. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Leave margin for the Lord to do His work.
Can you relate to Moses? I sure can. When things aren’t going my way I have a tendency to add a little extra force and in some cases, an all out assault on the rock!
Where are the rocks in your life? Rocks come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. They come in human form, as physical challenges, mental blocks and obstacles in life.
Rocks, while often a pain, also have a way of helping shape who we are. It’s how we deal with them that determines their value in our lives.
When I take matters into my own hands, doing so demonstrates my independence and lack of dependence on the Lord.
Zachariah 4:6 serves as a good guide for such circumstances. “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
We need less force and more faith in our walk. Less striking and more speaking. Less standing and more kneeling.
In my book, Moses stands tall in the Leadership Hall of Fame. But like us, he had his weaknesses. Like us, he had rocks in his life. When properly viewed, rocks are often opportunities for God to show up and shape us!
May God grant us the mercy and grace to turn to Him in our times of need, both great and small. Those times when we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place.
He is the ultimate Rock and He is the Living Water. From Him comes the strength to overcome, thrive and live life to the fullest. When we speak up and don’t strike out, He shows up and turns things out for good!
Remember: Striker. No striking!