Moses had another chance to trust that God would provide, but he couldn’t help but add his own spin to the equation. At the end of a grueling journey, Moses and Aaron are finally on the brink of leading the Israelites into the Promise Land. The excitement is overwhelming! They can’t believe the time has come, and Moses can’t imagine God getting all of the credit for bringing His people to this final culmination.
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.”9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
At least this time Moses took the problem to God who mercifully said He would provide water as Moses spoke to the large rock nearby (v.9). But instead of just speaking, Moses allowed for his controlling nature to get the best of him, and took credit for what God was about to do (v. 10). Then he struck the rock twice in anger (v. 11). The reason God did not let Moses and Aaron into the Promise Land was because of their lack of trust and honor. That seems to be a theme in the Bible, and in life. It is lack of trust in God that causes us to control. We don’t really believe that God will do what He says he will do, or that he has our best interest in mind, so we control situations and people in order to get what we want. Moses’ punishment was severe. I want to learn from him and not miss out on the joy of fully trusting God.