Trusting a Holy God
Father, You are worthy of honor. Regardless of how I am treated or seen, let my life bring You glory.
What is the significance of the name Meribah?
In Exodus 17:1-7 there was no water in the wilderness. Moses struck a rock, as God commanded him, and out came the water. And they all lived happily (although grumbly) ever after.
In today's passage, it looks a bit like a rerun. Another day, another desert; more complaining, more thirst; another rock, another staff. Does Moses think, okay, water from the rock I can do. Stand aside, God, while I work my magic?
Honestly, interpreters have been wondering for centuries why Moses' offense cost him seeing the Promised Land: Was it the double striking? Or making an impressive announcement beforehand? Something in his attitude to "you rebels" (10)? The passage doesn't say. But it does say that Moses didn't trust God (12). And that God is holy. Maybe that's all we need to know. The result for Moses is the same as when the people didn't trust God in chapter 14: he will not enter the land. And do you think the people are about to intercede for Moses as he did for them in chapter 14? We don't see that.
Consider if there are areas in your life where you are grumbling before God. Turn from them and trust God.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are God and I honor You. You are holy and majestic and all Your ways are good.
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