Are you a Moses?
By: Rev. Joseph R. Kramer
2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. 3 And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! 4 Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? 5 And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” 6 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them.
7 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9 So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him.
10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
12 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
-Numbers 20:2–12 (NKJV)
Here we find a story about Moses. Moses struck the rock, though God told him to do something else. He was to take the rod, but not use it. He was told to speak to the rock not strike it. Water came from it anyway and the people received provision from God, but the punishment was that Moses would not enter the Promised Land. So what was his mistake?
Moses had previously struck a rock for the thirst of the people. Here Moses is faced with a similar situation and he had a word from God about it, but instead of drawing on previous experiences to face the new situation with a NEW word from God Moses did the same thing he had done in the past. God was displeased because God gave Moses a new command and Moses disobeyed.
Many times a church will look at similar situations and see that God wants to help them overcome, but instead of looking at the past and drawing strength and relying on the new tactic that God has given them they do the same old thing they have always done. Sometimes God has mercy and lets them overcome that particular situation anyway, but sometimes He doesn’t.
The death knell of the church is “We have never done it that way before.” When God speaks and tells you step out in faith and gives you a tactic to do so, then you need to obey. If it doesn’t work there are two possibilities. (1) You didn’t hear God and are working in your own strength and (2) You heard God and He wanted you to do it anyway. Many times the one person you reach or the experience alone molds and shapes everyone involved and that was God’s goal all along.
The question becomes, will you obey or will you do what you have always done? It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing you have always done and expect a different result.