Deuteronomy 1:37, “The Lord was angry with me for your sakes, saying even you shall not go in there”
In Exodus 17:6, Moses is leading the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt to the promise land. He is leading a people who have not stopped complaining from day one even up to this every moment. Many times God wanted to kill the children of Israel because of their complains and murmuring but Moses kept on pleading with God. On this day in Exodus 17, the people had just complained as usual about something they were lacking. Already God had given them everything they cried for and this time they needed water. Instead of looking to God, they began to reflect on how they would have been satisfied in Egypt.
How possible it is that you can be heading to the promise land while Egypt could still be present in your life. Every time you face a tough situation, your first place to look to is Egypt, a place you come from. You can be out of Egypt but Egypt may not be out of you. Egypt represents the world God saved us from. A deliverer Moses (Christ) came to lead us out of bondage but in the process of being led, many people’s eyes were still fixed on Egypt. Egypt was a land of less than enough, the wilderness was a land of just enough and God was bringing them to a land of more than enough. We have to reach at a place of not always operating in the land of just enough to which the provision is always by miracle to a land of more than enough, a land of blessings. I refuse to live by miracles everyday, yes the miracles are good for miracles are to get me from point A to point B but living under blessings is greater.
Therefore the people complained and God told Moses in Exodus 17:6, “Behold, I stand before thee there upon the rock of Horeb; and thou shall smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel” This is what the Lord chose for this time and that was for Moses to hit the rock for water to come out. Now let’s look at another time the Lord wanted to provide water to the children of Israel in Numbers 20:8, “Take thy rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give thee forth water, and thou shall bring forth to them water out of the rock”. Here we see in one instant Moses was asked to strike the rock and another instant he was asked to speak to the rock. God can do anything at any time using any means He chooses, He is God. Don’t expect Him to always move the same way He moved the first time, He is not limited to our thinking.
Amazing thing about the whole story with the children of Israel is every time they complained and God felt like wiping them out, Moses defended them. This time Moses was fed up with their cry, complains and murmur. He therefore took the word of the Lord and began to speak to the people in an anger. He disobeyed the Lord when he allowed his anger to drive him to strike the rock twice instead of speaking to it. Numbers 20:11, “And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice”. Yes the Lord gave the children of Israel water though Moses disobeyed but Moses was left to suffer the consequences. Ephesians 4:26, says “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath”. It’s very easy to get angry and do something you will regret. The enemy knows how to bring people your way who will try and push you to anger. Moses was on the verge of entering the promise land but because of his anger that led him to disobey God cost him the land he had waited to see in 40 years.
Be careful about how you deal with things under anger and frustrations for you could be killing what the Lord had been planning to do in your life from day one. As we have seen in the book of Ephesians, “be angry and sin not” is very true for the enemy will always look for ways to make you stumble and fall and as Moses tells us in Deuteronomy 1:37, “The Lord was angry with me for your sakes, saying even you shall not go in there”, people pushed him to the limit, don’t allow people and situations push you to the limit for you could do something you will regret for a long time. Be cool, be still, calm yourself, don’t fight fire with fire. Anger is one letter short for DANGER. Blessings Ev