Frustrated Leaders

Read the Bible in a year chronologically by reading Numbers 18-20 today.
Moses and Aaron did something that they should not have done; nevertheless, it was frustration and anger with Israel that led these two men of God to violate His command. Israel complained about not having water, so, these two men approached God and He told them to speak to a rock and it would bring forth water. Here is what happened, “And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, ‘Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?’ Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and
their animals drank” (Numbers 20:10, 11).
Israel’s complaining was endless. They complained against their leaders and against God over everything. Here was Moses giving his life for the freedom of Israel, but they did not appreciate it, and found things wrong all the time, or at least things that they thought were wrong. After years of this, he and his brother were frustrated and it came out when he spoke to Israel on this occasion. For not keeping God’s command, both of the brothers God forbid from entering the Land of Canaan. Israel also paid for their continual whining.
God knew that the nation was low on water, but He wanted to see what they would do. What should they have done? First, they should not have complained about it and not hoped for death. Second, they could have simply approached the Lord and asked Him for water. He would have given it.
How many times do we frustrate ourselves and frustrate those who are leading us because we are not kind and because we do not ask humbly for the things that we need?

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