And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Today's Morsel: What a price to pay for disobedience. God told Moses to speak to the rock and it would give forth water; but Moses was so angry with the people because of their rebellion, murmuring and complaining, that he smote the rock with the rod instead of speaking to it the way that God had told him to do. God had already prepared the rock to give forth water. All Moses had to do was be obedient and speak to it. When Jesus gives us instruction of things He wants us to do, we must follow it. Never get to a point in your life that you allow what others are doing to cause you to take matters into your own hands. For example, many people are depending on politicians to fix the country of job loss, corruption, and indebtedness. But government can't fix what sin and greed causes. The Lord said, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). If we want our land to be what it was before, it's going to take humility among God's people, along with prayer and intercession for the land. That's speaking to the Rock, not smiting it.
Sing: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.