“Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.”
Moses wasn’t in the mood to speak to some rock. He wanted to hit something.
The people had turned against Moses and Aaron. They said, “Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord’speople into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock? . . . This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!” (Numbers 20:4–5 NLT).
So Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle to pray, and God gave them clear direction. He said, “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water” (verse 8 NLT).
On a number of other occasions, God had directed Moses to go to a rock, strike it with his staff, and then water would come out. But this time God told Moses to speak to the rock.
So Moses grabbed his staff and went to the rock. And here’s what happened: “‘Listen, you rebels!’ he shouted. ‘Must we bring you water from this rock?’ Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out” (verses 10–11 NLT).
There are a number of things that went wrong including the fact that Moses was taking personal credit for what God had done.
However, God wants the glory in our lives. And He wants to use us as His instruments to bring comfort and help to people who are in need.
You’re in a position to reach people whom no one else can reach. If you will dare to pray, “Lord use me today,” you will find that God will answer. But He might answer that prayer sooner than you may expect. And when He does, make sure that you give Him the glory.