We’ve moved on and so has Moses! He had tried to ‘get out of’ doing the job God wanted him to do. He had experienced the fury of Pharaoh. He had seen the incredible miracles God had performed over the land and people of Egypt. He had experienced the awesome power of a prayer-answering God. He had seen the description-defying deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt. He had endured the waywardness and rebellious nature of the people he was sent to rescue. He had witnessed the supernatural provision of the ‘Manna’ and the quails.
He had grown up in his relationship with God. He could claim that He knew God and the ways of God. He could justifiably feel that he was the leader of the people of Israel and he was answerable to no one. He knew how God worked and what He wanted – he no longer needed advice or counsel. He was a grown man of God.
Here in Chapter 17 of Exodus, we find two totally different incidents in the journeys of the people of Israel. In the first, we have the people moaning and grumbling, yet again over a lack of water. Moses asked God what to do and He said, “Strike the rock” and water flowed out in abundance.
In the second, the Amalekites came and attacked the people. This time instead of ‘action’, Moses passively stood with his hands held high ‘praying’. Yes, Moses interceded for the people on both occasions. In the first, his response was to strike the rock; in the second his response was to stand with his hands outstretched to God. (Albeit Joshua led the army into battle.)
We so often want to put God in a box, don’t we? God did it that way before; He will do it again the same way. As we grow in our walk with the Lord, it is easy to become overconfident in our abilities or our ministry.
How do we ‘grow up’ in Christ?
What are you doing to make sure you are?
What plans have you made to make sure you continue to grow this year?
To whom are you spiritually accountable this year?