DAY 217 of 365 IN 2021


Numbers 20:7-8 And the Lord said to Moses, Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to give forth its water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you shall give the congregation and their livestock drink.

We read more about the journey of Israel and in today’s excerpt, the Mises and Aaron stood before the assembly of Israel being questioned about the absence of water in the wilderness. The two ran back to God and were given a specific set of instruction: “speak to the rock to bring forth it’s water” But what does Moses do instead? “He raised his staff in the air and struck the rock two times. At once, water gushed from the rock, and the people and their livestock had water to drink.”

While this was clearly in contradiction to what he had been commanded to do, the rock still brought forth water, but that came at a cost. It is unfortunate that after such a long walk ahead of the people, Moses would not be the one to complete the final leg of the journey and lead them into the promised land. He struck instead of speaking. We can revisit  what happened at the wedding in Cana when Jesus turned that water into wine. Mary’s words to the servants were “Do whatever he tells you! “

But what if His instructions make no sense? What if it leads to a dead end? What if people see me unfavourably? What if everything goes south and I lose all I have ever worked for just because I do as He said?

Beloved, even when all these questions plague your mind,
even when it makes no sense, and your logic works to refute them, because you do not have as much information as God does, still believe, trust, honour and cling onto everything He says.

Still do whatever He tells you, for in obedient actions of faith lie the reward of the children of God.


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