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Undeserved Honor

So Moses took the staff from the Lord's presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?" Numbers 20:9-10

I don't think I have ever fully understood why it was such a big deal for Moses to strike the rock instead of speaking to it. The water came anyway. God still met the need of His people. Yet Moses and Aaron were not allowed to enter the promised land due to this incident. I have always wondered what they did that was so wrong.

In truth, it wasn't striking the rock that did it. Their sin was pride. In their anger over the people's grumbling, they dishonored God. They took the credit for what was God's doing and God's alone. Not once did Moses or Aaron say, "Watch, and the Lord will provide!" Essentially, their words added up to: "Fine! If you won't be quiet, we'll give you water!"

Others had been struck dead for less, but God continued to honor them in spite of their actions. Oh, Aaron died soon after this, but he was mourned for thirty days. Only honorable men are remembered in such a way. And although Moses never stepped foot in the promised land, God let him see it from afar.

Lord, there are many ways I have dishonored You in my life. The consequences must still be faced at some point. But in truth, You honor me still. The blood of Your Son is honor enough for any man.

Thank You for Your undeserved grace. The day will come when I stand ready to enter Your promised land, and despite my actions of dishonor, the action of Jesus will cover me. I long for that day. I long to be by Your side. Stay near me today.

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