What we learn in Numbers is that Moses took his attention off God for a few seconds and hit his breaking point. Moses was tired of the people constantly complaining, disobeying God, and talking about returning to slavery in Egypt.
Look at numbers 20:10-11:
|10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, "Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?"|
|11 Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank.|
God told Moses that his actions displayed disrespect for His (God's) holiness (Num 20:12). Instead of following God's instructions to speak to the rock, Moses decided to do things his way by giving the people a piece of his mind and striking the rock.
Church, what a powerful lesson from the life of Moses. We can be consistently obedient and let people or things get under our skin, and instead of falling on our face before God as we normally do, we blurt out something God did not tell us to say, and we strike the rock (disobey God).
Church, we all must consistently fall on our face before God before we hit our breaking point.
Pastor Kennedy (MZO)