“GOD SAID WHAT?”

“GOD SAID TO MOSES, ‘I AM WHO I AM. THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE TO SAY TO THE ISRAELITES: ‘I AM HAS SENT ME TO YOU.'” EXODUS 3:14 NIV

READ: EXODUS 17: 1-6 AND NUMBERS 20:1-12

HAVE YOU EVER PRAYED FOR SOMETHING AND FELT YOU HEARD GOD, BUT STILL UNSURE OF WHAT GOD CLEARLY TOLD YOU? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. SOMETIMES, IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND GOD’S SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS.

MANY TIMES GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS ARE SO SPECIFIC; THERE IS NO WAY WE COULD MESS IT UP. OTHER TIMES, WE CAN BE UNSURE OF GOD’S SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS AND NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME IN PRAYER FOR CLARITY. THEN, THERE ARE THE TIMES WE HEAR HIS ANSWERS AND HALFWAY THROUGH WE DECIDE WE KNOW IT ALL. THIS IS THE TIME WE NEED TO STOP. THIS IS THE TIME WE ARE PUTTING OURSELVES AND OUR OPINIONS EQUAL TO OR ABOVE GOD.

MOSES WAS A SPECIAL MAN. GOD USED HIM TO FREE HIS PEOPLE AND THEN TO BIND THEM TOGETHER FOR FORTY YEARS IN THE DESERT. SOME SAY THEY WANDERED. GOD WAS USING THIS TIME TO BRING THEM CLOSER TO HIM. MOSES WAS THEIR LEADER AND TEACHER. MOSES WAS ALSO DISCIPLINED BY GOD.

IN EXODUS 17, THE PEOPLE WENT TO MOSES COMPLAINING AND TELLING HIM THEIR MASSES NEEDED WATER. MOSES PRAYED TO GOD. FOLLOWING GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS, MOSES STRUCK THE ROCK AND WATER FLOWED FOR THE PEOPLE. MOSES FOLLOWED GOD’S SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS.

DECADES LATER, THE PEOPLE ONCE AGAIN WENT TO MOSES WHEN THEY LACKED ENOUGH WATER. IN NUMBERS 20, MOSES AND AARON PRAYED. GOD TOLD MOSES TO ‘SPEAK’ TO THE ROCK IN FRONT OF THE ASSEMBLY. INSTEAD, MOSES TOOK HAS STAFF AS HE HAD DONE MANY YEARS BEFORE AND STUCK THE ROCK. HIS ACTIONS WERE GOOD IN PURPOSE AND GOD BLESSED HIS PEOPLE WITH FRESH WATER. YET, AS GOOD AS MOSES DID; MOSES DID NOT FOLLOW GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS. AFTER DECADES OF OBEDIENCE, MOSES DID AS HE PLEASED AND AS HE HAD DONE BEFORE. HE STRUCK THE ROCK INSTEAD OF SPEAKING TO IT AS GOD HAS TOLD HIM TO DO.

GOD’S DISCIPLINE WAS IMMEDIATE. GOD TOLD MOSES OF HIS DISOBEDIENCE. MOSES WAS NOT ALLOWED TO LEAD HIS PEOPLE OR ENTER THE PROMISED LAND!

JUST AS GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS CHANGED WITH MOSES, HIS INSTRUCTIONS CAN CHANGE WITH US. WE HAVE GOD’S BIBLE TO GUIDE US IN LIVING IN THIS CONFUSING WORLD. STILL, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE NEED TO GO TO GOD IN PRAYER. WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF GOD’S VERY SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS. GOD HAS HIS REASONS FOR HIS SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS. WE MUST BE OBEDIENT IN EACH SPECIFIC SITUATION. WE CAN HEAR SPECIFIC ANSWERS WHEN WE PRAY SPECIFIC PRAYERS.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “LORD, THANK YOU FOR FORGIVING ME WHEN I FAIL YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DISCIPLINE IN TEACHING ME YOUR WAYS ARE BETTER THAN MINE. HELP ME TODAY TO CLEARLY HEAR YOUR SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS. AMEN.”