Striking out …

May 9, 2012

“Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink. … the Lord said to Moses … As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock. … 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.” Numbers 20:5-8 New Living Translation

We’ve all done it … most of us anyway. The pressures of trying to balance your life collides with more than you can handle. And rather than seek the Lord .. pray .. stop and collect your thoughts .. you “strike out” on your own with good intentions. Except, the Lord wasn’t behind it or leading. It was you acting apart from His word. You hope it will turn out okay and even resolve to get back on track as soon as possible. The results turn out okay but you find yourself unable to really give thanks or try to convince yourself that everything worked out as it should have. Moses was no different. God told him to “speak” to the rock and Moses “struck” the rock in his frustration. And what happens? All of the people and their livestock drank all that they needed. Even though Moses was un-faithful .. the Lord was faithful to His word spoken through Moses. Moses’s unfaithfulness or disobedience did not stop God’s faithfulness. It’s the same with us. God reconciled himself to you when you were not even interested in the Lord’s help or redeeming love. But He was faithful to himself and his word. And just so you would know .. God gives you his “how much more” faithfulness by saving you. Jesus obeyed in the face of all the pressures you face daily to walk away and handle life on your terms .. and not his. His faithfulness results in your faith-filling. God loves our faithfulness and when we obey His word while being pressured to handle “it” on our own. Where are you facing a situation to insert yourself or wait in faith? That faith is grounded in the Son’s reconciling and saving life. He will sustain you and lead your steps. Will you let Him? It only takes a moment …

“For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10 Holman Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Saints following Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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