Don't let anger get the best of you
This was a very sad day in the life of Moses. In his frustration, because of the people he was leading, it finally came to a head and he not only disobeyed the Lord, he did not honor Him as he had in the past.
The story goes and I am paraphrasing it.
Because there was no water in the place where they were in the Desert of Zin, the people once again grumbled against Moses and Aaron, complaining and wishing they never left Egypt.
Then God spoke to Moses, because of the grumbling and told Moses to speak to the rock and water would come gushing out. This is the first time God requested Moses not to use his staff as he done in other times.
But Moses, being stressed and upset with the Israelite's yelled at them "listen you rebels, must we bring water out of the this rock?" Then in a fit of rage, Moses struck the rock twice with his staff against what God told him to do.
Yes. God provided the water, but He also was angry at Moses for his disobedience. In God's eyes, Moses disobedience sent a message that he could get away with it disobedience to the Lord, but that was not the case.
Moses had to face the consequences for his actions and God informed him that he would not lead the people into the promise land.
You see, the lesson here is that anger uncontrollable will lead us into trouble. Yes, family, friends, co-workers and people we meet can and will frustrate us at times. There is no questions about this, but it is how we handle it that is important.
You see, as followers of Christ, they are watching everything we do and say. When the know that we say we are followers of Jesus, they will put us to the test knowingly or not. You have to remember, that their interpretation of what Jesus is like, is by what we are like.
What do I mean by this? Simple, when the religious people ask Jesus to show them His Father, He told them plainly, if you know Me, than you will know My Father. It is the same with us. If they want to know who Jesus is, then as an adopted child of His and a disciple, they will know Him also.
Jesus, took a lot from people and yet He did not rebel or let His human emotions rule Him. He remained quick to listen, slow anger and slow to speak.
But like Moses, we are flawed humans striving to become like our Lord daily and we, just as Moses, lose it sometimes and that is a fact.
Yes Moses finally he lost it. The load he carried and the constant complaining finally took it toll. In Moses case, he should have taken a deep breath, sough God guidance to help through this trying time, but he did not.
Out of pure anger and frustration, he disobeyed the Lord with Him probably present in the cloud and disobeyed Him and struck the rock instead of speaking to it as he was commanded.
Disobedience to God is nothing to sneeze at or nonchalantly take for granted and that He will for give you for your actions. He will not be mock and He will read your heart and know where you stand.
Yes, if we seek God with a true heart and confess are disobedience to Him, He will forgive us and toss our error away as far as the East is from the West, but there will be consequences. Even King David, a man after God's own heart, sinned and when he finally came to his senses, he sought forgiveness. Though forgiven, he still had to face the consequences for his behavior.
Yes David case was adultery, but non the less, he needed to confess. Look at Cain and Abel. Jealousy, envy and anger caused Cain to murder his own flesh and blood, and yet when he was confronted with his sin, he did not repent. It is another sad tail of uncontrolled anger. It fester in Cain, until he lost it and committed murder.
There will be many times such as these events we read of that are written in bible that will occur in our life. People will frustrate us, jealousy will creep into our lives along with envy and being flawed as we are, it can become uncontrolled anger which will cause us to fail and fall from Gods grace. But we cannot allow anything to hamper our walk with the Lord. We are told in scripture that it is okay to be angry, but don't sin.
Jesus, as we read in the gospel became angry also, but the differences between Jesus anger and Moses was that He did not sin, whereas Moses did in his disobedience.
You may think it is impossible to do the same as Jesus. If you feel that way, then you are correct. If we try to control our anger and frustrations, as Moses did, on our own strength, then eventually we'll crack. If we lean on the Lord, then as Jesus, we will be able to stand, because as the word states, when we are weak, He is strong.
We can't control our anger, jealousy, envy, etc, without seeking God to help us. And guest what? He will because He already knows that we are flawed.
So don't let anger, like Moses, get the best of you because of certain situations that come and go in your life. Jesus is there to help us and keep us from losing our cool. all we need to do is seek Him and asked Him to help, letting Him know, what He already knows, that you are frustrated, upset, jealous or envious, whatever the case maybe and that you need His calm present to keep you from doing something stupid as Moses did.
So be quick to listen, slow to anger and slow to speak, allowing the Holy Spirit work through you and to help complete you to become more and more like our Lrd.