The Christian life is not a game of horseshoes. In horseshoes, being “close” scores points; not so on God’s tally sheet. The sobering fact is sin is sin in the Lord’s eyes no matter who we are or what we have done. That’s harsh, narrow-minded and unfair some would say. But a Holy and Just God cannot and will not excuse anything that separates us from Him. And that is exactly what sin does.
Moses was a man of God; God’s servant; a pillar of the faith. Moses had come face to face with God, literally, and under God’s direction and instruction had led the Hebrew people out of bondage in Egypt and through 40 grueling years of wilderness wanderings seeking the Promised Land. This scripture references a time when the people were thirsty and without any water. They were angry and grumbling. This same scenario had happened before, and God had instructed Moses to strike a rock with his staff and water would come forth. Moses obeyed; water came forth in sufficient and satisfying quantities. Now in a similar situation, God tells Moses to speak to the rock for the same results.
Moses, however, most likely tired and weary of the grumbling masses, assumed an attitude of pride and misplaced authority and takes it upon himself to strike the rock as before … even twice for emphasis while scolding the people … instead of speaking God’s power. That arrogance … that sin … caused God to judge Moses right there on the spot. Moses would not complete his mission of entering the Promised Land; when they arrived, he could only look in from the outside.
We must remember sin must be judged by a righteous God. God loved Moses but hated his sin. Moses’ eternity was secure with the Lord, but the consequences of defying God’s clear instruction were huge. Jesus Christ has ultimately paid the price for our sin which ensures the eternity for those who have placed their faith and trust in Him. But there are still consequences on this earth that we must endure. Too often we feel a sense of entitlement because we serve others or we’re a good person or we simply feel like we deserve something better. God doesn’t “owe” us anything … not health, wealth or safety. He does promise us, however, an eternal relationship with Him by our simple faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross. Jesus accepted the penalty once and for all of where our sin was leading us ... to an eternal death. What a gift!
Be it Moses or John Q. Public … sin is sin. But the love of God overcomes all in the end. Right From The Heart is all about getting that message out to the grumbling masses as well as to those that feel like they are immune. We are to be humble, willing to confess to God that we fall short. Your very strength could suddenly become a weakness when you depend on yourself. God is a Holy God. He gave His only Son to cruelly die on a cross instead of you and me. His promise of Heaven still stands because He, like no other, conquered death by rising from the grave. May your heart be filled with the Living Water of Jesus Christ...right now!
Founder, Right From The Heart Ministries
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