Matthew 21:28-46; Numbers 19-20; Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:14
There is a reluctance, a fear sometimes, when I know what God is calling me to do. There are people God wants to bless and He’s given me the privilege of participating in bringing that blessing to them. But I freeze up. What if I do something wrong; what if I say the wrong thing? Moses had clear directions from God when the Israelites grumbled because they didn’t have water. “The LORD said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.’” (Numbers 20:7-8) How cool would that be? I could just speak to a rock and water would gush out, if I had that kind of direction. Moses had a problem though. The people had finally exasperated him beyond his ability to handle it. So he gathered the people together at the rock. He spoke to them, instead of the rock, and beat the rock twice with the staff. Moses said the wrong thing to the wrong audience. He did the wrong thing by beating the rock with the stick. God still blessed those He wanted to bless. Moses and Aaron suffered because of their disobedience, but God still preserved His people. The lesson should be pretty clear: at least head in the direction that God leads. I know I may do or say something that isn’t what God wanted; but if God’s plan was to use me to bless someone – He will still find a way to bless them in the midst of my mistakes.
Lord, I sometimes worry that I’ll mess up and cause greater problems. Remind me that blessings depend on You, not me. Help me be faithful and obedient. When I do mess up, bless those I sought to share with in spite of me.