As we stood looking out over the desert below, there was nothing but dirt and sand for miles (or so it seemed). I could just picture the thousands of Israelites. They had left Egypt 3 years earlier. They had rejected God’s plan for them to enter the land of Canaan. And now they were thirsty and there was no water to be found.
The people then contended with Moses… “Why then have you brought the Lord’s assembly into this widerness, for us and our beasts to die here? Why have you made us come up from Egypt, to bring us in to this wretched place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, nor is there water to drink.” Numbers 20:3-5
If I was in charge of these people, what would I have done? How I would I have handled these people who had seen God’s miracles, yet complained and rejected God’s commands again and again?
We know that Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, into the presence of God. There they were told to speak to the rock before the people and then it would yield water.
…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?” Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly…Numbers 20: 9-11
The water came but Moses and Aaron actions were disobedient. They had failed to treat God as holy before the congregation. Both men would suffer consequences of their actions as neither would be allowed into the Promised Land. Their actions to us may seem small or even harmless…but to God they showed disbelief…they did not treat God as holy.
It makes me think. Are there times I fail to obey God in “little ways” and think it doesn’t really matter? Do I fail to treat God as holy with my words or my actions?