So, his hands were steady until the going down of the sun” (vs 11-12).
In this passage we see two separate incidents during the wilderness wandering. Moses had led the people through the wilderness of Sin (that's a place, not an action) and they camped at Rephidim. The rest was welcome, but there was no water to drink. The Bible tells us that the people “quarreled with Moses” to which he replied, “Why do you quarrel with me?” (Exodus 17:2). Moses reminded the people that while he was their human leader, God was their ultimate leader and their complaint was with Him. It is at this point that God demonstrates His grace and orders Moses to stand before the people and strike the rock in Horeb and water came forth to meet the need.
Something that really spoke to me this week —> "Moses reminded the people that while he was their human leader, God was their ultimate leader and their complaint was with Him." How often do I complain to or against human leaders, when my complaint is actually towards my ultimate leader—God? When I consider my complaining in this light it changes my attitude.
To see how you can do your part helping the leader God has given you, check out our 8 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor post.
Come and Gather: Family Time With God published with permission
Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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