A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, March 17, 2014
“Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.” – Numbers 20:11
I struggled with this exchange between Moses and God for the longest time. In the verse leading up to Numbers 20:11, God had instructed Moses to speak to the rock; but Moses became so frustrated with the people that he chastised them and then struck the rock rather than speaking to it. God, in His great love and mercy toward Moses, allowed the water to still flow from the rock, but He then informed Moses that He would not allow Moses to enter into the Promised Land.
The Promised Land was the place that the Israelites were supposed to arrive in 11 days, but because of their stubbornness, ending up becoming a 40-year journey! And poor Moses had to endure with them, putting up with their inflexibility, ungratefulness, and backsliding only to now be told that because he unloaded on these folks, who quite frankly deserved it, that he would not be allowed to lead them into the Promised Land.
Now I have to tell you, family. This is one of those times when I kind of said “God, not that I am questioning you; but (there’s the famous ‘but’), don’t Yah think that maybe You were a little hard on Moses? Just saying, God. Now, I know that You know best; but again, just saying—just thinking aloud here, Father.” I mean, this really bothered me for years, my brothers and sisters. And especially because these folks deserved it!
God finally had to tap me on the shoulder on this one, and remind me that He didn’t give us what we truly deserved, which was eternal damnation; but instead, gave us what we didn’t deserve, which was eternal life through His Son, who really didn’t deserve what He got, which was the punishment we should have received. So, how unfair is that, folks? Jesus got what He didn’t deserve and what we should have gotten, because eternal death is what we deserved; but yet the Savior gave us what we didn’t deserve, but He did, which was the blessings of the first born!
When we are entrusted by God with the awesome and profound privilege and responsibility of leading others in their walk with the Father of all fathers, frustration can have no place. We cannot allow the cause of Christ to become more important than the people which the cause is to reach. But for a people in need of a Savior, there would be no cause; and but for the Cross, there would be no mercy by which people could be saved. And the life-saving reach of the Savior cannot extend through a human arm which is attached to a heart wrought with frustration—not even for a moment. Not even in the time it takes to strike a rock.
Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You that You do not get frustrated with us; but instead, it is through Your goodness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Thank You for drawing us in by Your loving-kindness (Jeremiah 31:3). Help us to always draw others to You through Your same goodness and loving-kindness that drew us in. Most Righteous Father, burn all frustration out of us; and in its place, fill us to overflowing with Your Fruit of Your Most Holy Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are filled to overflowing with Your reach, which wins souls for Your kingdom and brings glory to You. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit every second of every day. Choose to allow God’s Holy Spirit to consume all of you; so those that see you, see the image of God in you. Make declaring “more of You and less of me, Lord” a daily practice. And continue to fight the good fight of being the extended arm of the Father; for God, your Far Reach, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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