Trust God Enough to Obey Him Precisely

Scripture: Numbers 20.  

(Key verses)

Numbers 20:8-11 (NLT)

8 “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. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.”

9 So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the LORD. 10 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?” 11
Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

I want to draw your attention to a few facts in these verses. By way of introduction, know that Moses and Aaron were about to throw their hands up, because their people who they led through the wilderness were giving up on them as leaders. They did the right thing by going and bowing down to the Almighty and seeking His face and wisdom on what to do next. In verse 8, God told Moses what to do. From previous history, Moses knew that God would do what He promised, but it appears like Moses was becoming a bit obnoxious with all the powerful acts performed by God through him, so in verse 10 he asked the people if ‘we’ (he and Aaron) should bring water from the rock. Furthermore, he added his own special effects to the whole scene by not just smiting the rock once with his rod, but a second time. Although not included above, in verse 12 God punished Moses for not trusting Him enough to follow His instructions. Friends, we punish our kids for not obeying our instructions, and I know from this passage that God will also punish us when we try to assume the leadership role over Him. He knows what’s best for us. He knows what danger lies ahead. He knows what opportunities could be met up ahead when we follow His plan. Remember, He’s the one who created and put this whole earth together. He’s the one who put our complex bodies together. Most of all friends, remember that He’s the one who has a plan for our lives long after we tire out from this old world. But to take possession of that plan, we must be obedient to His call on our lives. Friends, there is no greater purpose than to follow the perfect will of God, and as we do that it’s amazing how everything else falls into place! What will you do with Jesus today?

(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, I know from everything You have taught me that You are in control and that You have a master plan for my life. Please continue to mold me and work on my obedience so that I may be all that You have designed and planned for my life, so that Your perfect will might be accomplished through all that I do. Thank You for loving me enough to use even me in Your plan!


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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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