April 8

Deuteronomy 32:28-52; Luke 12:35-59; Psalm 78:56-64; Proverbs 12:24

Moses reaches the end of His life with a major disappointment. After winning the Israelites release from Egypt and leading the children of Israel through the wilderness, he gets to the edge of the Promised Land but cannot enter it. One rash decision caused both he and Aaron to forfeit their ability to go to Canaan. The only thing that Moses could do was look at it but never enter it.

What was it that disqualified Moses? God said Moses failed to “demonstrate His holiness.” What does that mean? The people had complained once again about not having water. So, God told Moses to speak to the Rock so that He could perform a miracle and provide water. Moses was frustrated because of the constant complaining and took the staff and struck the rock. Water came out but it looked like Moses had provided the water instead of God.

God’s holiness is tied to the demonstration of His power because His promise was on the line. He promised Israel that He would care for them. God did not need any help- even from Moses.  God had shown His ability to care for His people in a supernatural way throughout the wilderness. You are His child and He knows how to take care of you and provide for all your needs. Like Moses, oft times we step into the way and add our effort to God’s. God really does not need our help. When God does something it always turns out right!

Let’s not commit Moses’ sin which was really a lack of faith! Let’s commit to get out of God’s way so He can show His glory through our lives. Since God desires the glory, let Him do all the work! The results will amaze you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-29; Luke 13:1-21; Psalm 78:65-72; Proverbs 12:25

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