The Promised Land
Moses was called by God to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land of Canaan. During the course of his leadership, he witnessed many miracles. And after wandering many years in the wilderness, there was little to no water to drink. On behalf of the people, Moses sought God for help. This is what God instructed Moses to do: "Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink" (Numbers 20:8). "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?’ Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water came out abundantly, and the community and their livestock drank" (Numbers 20:9-11).
Why did Moses do the opposite of what God instructed him? Perhaps he allowed his personal feelings to get in the way, or maybe the constant whining and complaining of Israel had gone too far and pushed him to the edge. Whatever the reason was, Moses’ action did not please God.
I am talking about a great leader who spoke to God face to face. A man who was privileged to be called the humblest man that ever lived. Yet, one act of disobedience caused him to miss out on entering into the Promised Land. What a price to pay to miss a blessing that was so great!
“Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” (Numbers 20:12). “Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan” (Deuteronomy 3:27).
My friend, be aware! The enemy is real, and he will do everything within his power to cause you to miss your promised land.
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.