Monday, February 26

Speak, don’t strike

Scripture: Numbers 19-20, Psalm 28, Mark 5

Numbers 20:12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust Me to show My holiness in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this assembly into the land I have given them.”


This wasn’t the first time Moses was faced with people grumbling about no water.  When this happened in Exodus 17, at God’s direction, Moses struck a rock and water came out.

But this time, God told him to speak to the rock.  Moses disobeyed, angrily struck it, and said, “Must we (Moses and Aaron) bring water out of this rock for you?”  This implied that it was Moses doing the miracle of providing the water.  This gave the credit and glory to Moses, not God.

For this, Moses and Aaron were excluded from the Promised Land.  It seems harsh, especially given all the good they had done, all the times they had obeyed and honored the Lord.


First, I want to listen to God and do what He says.  This is about trusting God.  If He says speak, I will speak and not strike.  I might think, “Last time I struck and it worked, so I’ll just do that again.”  But that would be a failure to trust God’s word this time.  I can’t assume that what God told me to do last time is what He wants me to do this time.  I need to listen, trust and obey.

Second, I want to be very aware of giving God the credit, not taking it for myself.  I’m an affirmation junkie—my love language is words of affirmation.  I can do Moses’ trick: talk about something that has happened in a way that makes me look good, instead of giving God credit.  I need to remember that in the end, the only affirmation that matters is God’s.  Jesus said if we do things so that others notice and applaud, that’s all the applause we’ll get—we’ll miss out on the applause of heaven.

Prayer: Lord, here are two important things where I need your help!  Help me to listen to You, trust what You say and obey.  Help me to point others to You, not me, by giving You the credit You deserve!