Striking When Called to Speak

One good thing about being stuck in a hotel room with no phone, no wi-fi, and kids that nap for 3 hours is you have time to read the Bible and type up blogs. While finishing the book of Numbers, I found myself having more questions than answers.

As I continued my reading, my questions were answered:

  • In Exodus 17, The Israelites are complaining of thirst and stuck in the desert. God directs Moses to strike a nearby rock for water to come out. Moses obeys this seemingly silly command and God follows through by sending water flowing from the rock.
  • We read almost this exact same story years later(recorded in Numbers 20). The Israelites find themselves once again complaining of thirst and stuck in a dry desert.  This time God tells Moses to speak to the rock and water would come pouring out but Moses strikes the rock instead. Why? Why would Moses strike the rock and not speak to it? And why is it a big deal?
  • Moses chose to do what “worked” instead of what God called him to do. Moses trusted Gods method over God’s call. Do you ever find yourself doing more based upon great results from the past? Do you fully trust God and what he may be calling you to do? Is God calling you to “speak” into where you (or where you would rather) “strike”? When we have more faith in procedures of the past than callings for the present, we too may be keeping ourselves from experiencing God’s promises/promised land for our lives.
God’s response to Moses’ lack of trust: But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy 

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