I struck the rock.
✓Just like Moses, I got frustrated with the people.
✓Just like Moses, I lacked patience.
✓Just like Moses, I struck the rock.
I struck the rock by taking on responsibilities in other people’s lives that were God’s, not mine.
When people would come to me with problems I would help them unburden themselves.
Unfortunately a lot of times, after pointing them to the Problem Solver, God.
I would then carry them there, and carry some of that burden for them.
This is not good on so many levels.
- If they aren’t feeling the weight of their burden, they won’t feel the need to take it to the Lord.
- Carrying them to the Lord, robs them of all of the experiences that create, a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- I don’t have the strength to carry anyone’s burdens.
God always lightened my load in life so that I don’t feel burden, but joy.
But God will only take what is right, the unhealthy excess is why we feel burdened.
If I’m stepping into an area I shouldn’t, in someone’s life, or taking on burdens of others, God will point this out to me.
Because then my burden feels too heavy, when it is weighing me down.
Honestly if I feel burdened at all I know that I need to give it to God.
The ones that are mine to carry.
Release from my grip all that was never mine to carry in the first place.
So while I have quietly criticized Moses for striking the rock, and missing out on seeing the promised land.
In my own life, I’ve been striking the rock.
Because it wasn’t about the faith of Moses, God knew Moses was a faithful man.
But the people Moses was leading, were a rebellious, sometimes faithless crowd.
They were looking at him for God’s instruction, they believe what they see.
What those faithless people saw was that… Moses struck the rock and water came out.
Moses and God knew it wasn’t because Moses struck the rock.
But what does that do for the faithless followers?
Same goes for my striking of the rock.
They see that, I can take these burdens. They see that I, can do……. emphasis on me, not God.
All glory and honor to God not me.
Not to mention I don’t want glory or honor.
Glory and Honor come with a price and I don’t have what it takes to pay that price.
The Lord God Almighty, through Jesus Christ was the only one who had this Payment.
You can’t lead people half way to God and then intercede for them the rest of the way.
Lead them to The Lord, then, ……. Step out of the way and let God be God.