Numbers 20:7-9, 11-12, “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord , as he commanded him. And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also . And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
This was a life-changing event in the life of Moses. The people were complaining again about their physical needs. This time, they were complaining that they did not have any water. This had happened before. Last time, God told Moses to take his rod and hit the rock. This time was a little bit different. He told Moses to speak to the rock. Out of anger, Moses disobeyed God. He hit the rock twice. Water still came out, but Moses didn’t do it God’s way. Because of his disobedience, God did not allow Moses to go into the promised land.
How many times have we tried to do God’s work in our own way? We think we know better than God. We think our way will work out better. God blesses our obedience. We may see results by doing things our own way, but we will not reap the blessings of God unless we do it His way. How are we doing in our obedience? Let us strive to do God’s work in God’s way.